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Lord Napier wrapped in plastic tape | May 28, 2004

A project by Royal Academy of Art, London Masters student Eleanora Aguiari. Follow the link to see more of her work.

photo by REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid

Looks lovely to me. Will Singapore ever wrap Wraffles? Just for a day or two?
website updates | May 26, 2004

Recently added some information to the database:

- text on sculptors Aw Eng Kwang of Aw Pottery, Aw Tee Hong, Lim Nan Seng and Thomas Woolner

- a new sculpture: The River Merchants
more painted fibreglass - Buddy Bears in Hong Kong | May 23, 2004

More fibreglass animal public art. This time, 150 'buddy bears' sent from Berlin to Hong Kong for display in Victoria Park. Jackie Chan apparently some these on display while filming in Berlin, and he proposed that the Buddy Bears come to Hong Kong. See also

Alison Lapper pregnant for Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth | May 19, 2004

An extraordinary sculpture for the empty fourth plinth on London's Trafalgar Square. The whole "fourth plinth" project has looked a great success, at least from outside, in opening up a meaningful discussion of public art. Check out the website for more.

and now... Pandas | May 19, 2004

Next variation... fibreglass pandas in Washington DC. 150 sculptures chosen from 1400 entries...

more celebrity SingArt lions for Singapore | May 19, 2004

Raffles Hotel, Singapore Tourism Board and Caltex have unleashed another variation on the Chicago "Cows on Parade" project on Singapore. (See recent story.) This time 41 fibreglass lions are to be set up on Orchard Rd, in addition to 18 on the grounds of the Raffles Hotel, each of them decorated by an artist or prominent 'personality'. The project is titled "SingArt - A Brush with Lions", and is described on its website as "a world-class exhibition of artworks by high-profile local and international figures, organised in aid of charity. ".

( The lions look a little constipated, no matter how they're painted...)

The charity element comes in when punters bid to 'adopt' a lion, with a starting price of S$ 8,888. Successful bidders get their name on a plaque next to the lion in public, and then get to 'take it home' after the public display period ends in September.

The website is comprehensive. Each lion is photographed, and its location marked on a map. In addition each 'artist or personality' has their bio, and a short write-up or 'rational' [sic] for the decoration of their particular lion. Here's one example, by Sumiko Tan, describing her piece "Silver" (the middle one illustrated above).

"Silver is a magnificent yet subtle colour, which describes Singapore well. Over the past four decades, the nation has quietly but steadily gone from Third World to First World. The Lion City now glimmers like a silver star in the waters of Southeast Asia."

Roar. Or should I say meow? Labelism is alive and well in the SingArt project!
a Henry Moore as it was meant to be... | May 16, 2004

Was in Denmark last week, and saw this Henry Moore in the Louisiana Art Museum outside of Copenhagen. A wonderful setting for fine modern art. For example:

"to display sculpture to its best advantage outdoors, it must be set so that it relates to the sky rather than to the trees, a house, people, or other aspects of its surroundings. Only the sky, miles away, allows us to contrast infinity with reality, and so we are able to discover the sculpture's inner scale without comparison"

- Henry Moore
Chicago's Public Art Director let go | May 16, 2004

First of all, I didn't even know that some cities had a formal position for this. Secondly, it doesn't pay too badly either, at 71K US$ per year. Michael Lash was let go after he "accidentally struck a co-worker in the arm with a cell phone in a January incident caused by a diabetes-related mood swing". This is his version of events. He is filing a wrongful dismissal suit

Lash was the person who invented the "Cows on Parade" project which set a global trend. (see our report on a "camels on Parade" spinoff project in Dubai). According to city officials, that project pumped 250 million US$ into the city economy and raised 3.5 million US$ for charity.

San Diego OKs percent for art scheme | May 16, 2004

San Diego has approved a 'percent for the arts' scheme, after a long process that included public hearings. Developers must spend 1% of the cost of developments above US$ 5 million on public sculpture for their developments, or the following alternatives: to finance other city cultural and artistic facilities; to donate a piece of art to the city or deposit half the dollar amount of the fee into the city's Public Art Fund. City projects will devote 2% to public art.