Public art has been going on for a long time and Angel Orensanz, with his quasi-ritualistic performances plays a big part in it, but today we are going to talk about two other artists that transformed their cities and got people talking about them.
The first one is by the art collective Bored, who decided to turn Illinois capital of Chicago into a giant monopoly game. Big pieces in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood make up a live-sized version of the game.
Plywood dice and cards are also included. Many people just pass by it, but a fair number stopped and actively tried to figure out just what exactly was going on with this gigantic board game. The exhibit is different from most street art because it is three-dimensional and keeps you guessing while looking for the next piece.
“The goal of this entire project has been to present something different than a stencil painted on the ground or a poster pasted to a wall. Something 3-dimensional that can be picked up, beaten down, kicked, yanked, grabbed, and broken. And if someone ever put forth the effort to remove it, like a weed it will always grow back. And if left alone it will evolve into something different.”-Bored
Some states to the west, in Colorado, a blue bear peers into an office building of the state’s capital, Denver. The sculputure, entitled “I see what you mean”, by Lawrence Argent, has been there at the window of the Colorado Convention Center for seven years now.
Made of molded fiberglass, the 40-foot high bear brings a sense of fun and playfulness into the Convention Center and is now an icon of the city.