Making Art in Public

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Public art is amazingly simple as a concept: art that you can interact with. Art that isn't relegated to art-specific spaces or put behind closed doors. Art that exists for the joy of anyone who happens to stumble upon it. We're so constantly impressed by the diversity of public art projects on Kickstarter that we've devoted a subcategory to it.

Here are some great public art projects that are live right now.

I Miss Everything About You

The five words that inspired this project are strangely emotional — they are “both a love letter and an essay of grief.” As such, they probably inspire some thoughts about a particular moment or person in everyone, which makes the project especially perfect for a public art installation. Each backer will receive a survey asking questions about a person they miss, and the answers will become part of the project. In addition, backers can pledge for posters to put up in their own cities, making the project (and its sentiment) truly worldwide.

Parisite DIY Skate Park

Once upon a time in the Big Easy, there was a DIY skate park called the Peach Orchard. It was built by skateboarders and used by skateboarders, and it was wonderful, but it didn't last — it was flattened by a bulldozer because it wasn't up to code. Now, though, the crew is doing it again, with Parisite DIY Skate Park — soon everyone'll be able to skate the Big Easy again. 

FLORA Community Library

Located in Bogota, Colombia, FLORA is a site for contemporary art. Soon they will also have a community library and meeting space, designed by Brazilian artist Daniel Acosta; the library will serve to complement their existing residency and arts programs.

Billion Oyster Pavilion

Did you know that in the 1600s, New York Harbor was home to hundreds of acres of oyster reef? By the 1900s, the water had become so polluted that the last oyster disappeared. Now, though, conditions have improved enough that it's time to re-introduce the shelled creatures back into NYC's waterways. Billion Oyster Pavilion is a part of the City of Dreams exhibition on Governors Island this summer, but it's also a future oyster home: after the exhibition ends, the pavilion will be converted from art into materials to help rebuild habitat so that New York's filter feeders have a home once more.

Organic Growth: Summer Pavilion

Another City of Dreams competition winner, this 95-square-foot canopy is comprised of donated waste materials such as tripods, bicycle tires, and forgotten umbrellas. The structures are built up to be shaped like trees, and they create comfortable shade for people to gather under. At last, one man's trash is another's meeting place. 

Portals

Imagine stepping into a shipping container and coming face to face with someone from the other side of the world: what would you talk about in your momentary shared space? Portals asks you to consider just that. Each Portal is equipped with audiovisual equipment, connecting it to its counterpart elsewhere. It's a wormhole through the world. 

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