Archive for the ‘Public Art’ Category

Outdoor Art: Murals and Trash Cans

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Mural by Irwin and Rittermann

Mural by Irwin and Rittermann

Irwin and Rittermann Mural

Irwin and Rittermann Mural

I try to keep up with the Murals in La Jolla but the last one popped up several months ago and I went in search of it.

Searching is not as much fun as discovering outdoor art unexpectedly.  Outdoor art often is  a destination, like monuments and murals.

The La Jolla murals (now twelve) have been up awhile and each one is remarkable but not all provide a sense of wonder as in “wow!”

Robert Irwin presented an installation in London and Philipp Scholz Rittermann photographed it. The result is a relatively new mural in La Jolla. It’s a visually challenging play of objects and perspective, mixing real elements, i.e. palm trees, cars, and streetlight, with the stretched vinyl reproduction of the photograph. It’s hard to walk by without trying to figure it out.  That sets it apart from some of the murals which require only a quick glance to sense the artists’ subject. But like most, it is impossible to photograph without the environmental elements—hence, outdoor art.

On a smaller scale are this car seat and trash can on the waterfront in Moro Bay.  We definitely just tripped upon this art on a walk around the small bay.  Both pieces are fun.

Car Seat

Car Seat

The car seat looks real from a short distance and seems to be abandoned junk that didn’t make it to the landfill. And it is impossible to look at without seeing the boats and wharf. But when you get up close, you can see a plaque in memory of a friend and we can read a little history into the torn car seat and the tools. No doubt it was placed here for a reason. We don’t need to know the reason or the person. It is a tribute.

Trash Can

Trash Can

The interesting trash can is obviously a way to spruce up an ugly container for, well, trash. It’s a mosaic with a waterfront theme–a surprise. Definitely site specific, definitely part of the setting, a human comment on the harbor.

Trash and art. That about says it all.

 

Denver’s Big Blue Bear

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
I See What You Mean

I See What You Mean

Denver's Convention Center

Denver’s Convention Center

This big blue bear is one of Denver’s 150 outdoor art pieces and hands down one of the most joyful. It is forty feet tall and stands peering into the Convention Center. It’s a show stopper and one which made me happy all day. Not only is it surprising in height and color but the title has to be about as inspired as the bear itself, I See What You Mean. That phrase connects the bear to the viewer and whatever is going on inside. So great.

And the bear definitely makes a connection to a lot of people. Tiny four inch replicas are available to buy in gift and museum stores.

But some want to connect with it in not a good way. It has had green paint poured down its back and been tagged with a yarn bomb by street artist Esther’s Ladies Fancywork Society. The green paint was harder to remove. The yarn bomb was 15 miles of yarn in a big ball placed by the bear’s foot. No harm done with that one.

Lawrence Argent is the artist. This is one of many works. He teaches at the University of Denver. Here’s a nice interview with the artist and overview of the sculpture.