Organized by Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and Institution of Public Art, the 4th International Award for Public Art (IAPA) Ceremony and Forum was held at the Shanghai University on October 21.
The IAPA has become a symbol of excellence in public art. It promotes best practices for public art projects, advocates originality and motivates the new generation of artists to think distinctively. It brings to the forefront, projects by artists from around the world that have transformed the quality of life in their communities and have encouraged dialogues about culture, spirituality, innovation and so on.
A total of 133 public artworks were evaluated in the competition this year. Artists from several regions sent in their entries including East Asia, Oceania, Central and Western South Asia, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, and North America. 35 shortlisted cases were selected and 7 outstanding submissions were honored.
Here is a look at the 7 selected projects.
Artist: Jonathan Jones
Location: Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia.
Artist: Itaru Sasaki
Location: On the hilltop of a private garden in the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema
Artist: The Tentative Collective
Location: Karachi, Pakistan
Media/Type: Participatory and performance based event
Artist: Angelo Vermeulen
Location: Willebroek, Belgium
Media/Type: Installation/ Sculpture
Artist: El Seed
Location: Manshiyat Nasr, Cairo
Media/Type: Large Scale Mural
Artist: Doris Salcedo
Location: La Plaza Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia
Media/Type: Ashes on white fabric in memory of war victims.
Hotel Empire: The New York Crossing
Artist: Laurent Boijeot and Sébastien Renauld
Location: On Broadway in New York City, USA
Editor: Bonnie Lu