May 2017

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Placemaking Art III

This month, CODAmagazine showcases the 25 projects we thought best define spaces. These projects in the public sphere give new life and meaning to everyday environments. Memories and experiences are created, adding meaning and richness to our lives.

Placemaking is the watchword of our time, as civic and corporate leaders grow to understand the way art can provide a powerful connection to place. Commissioned art can define, activate, and create spaces. Through design + art collaborations, new life and meaning are given to everyday environments. Successful placemaking projects elicit a variety of feelings – from comfort and community to magnificence and grace. There’s always a “WOW” factor!

All projects featured this month succeed in building a unique experience for the viewer—an experience we will take with us as we move through life. The common theme is the collaborative team, as these projects involve arts organizations and public art programs working in tandem with artists and design professionals, who in turn are dependent on their fabricators, suppliers, and installation specialists to bring these projects to reality.

In this issue, you will:

  • visit the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Texas with their dramatic project full of motion
  • see Luminous, the interactive light sculptures in Perth Australia’s Chinatown
  • experience a mind-expanding public video installation at the University of Geneva in Switzerland
  • observe blue trees in Ontario, Canada
  • and much, much more.
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