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The Curating Cities Database maps the increasingly important and emerging field of eco-sustainable public art. It is developed as a resource for researchers, academics, artists, curators, educators, commissioning agencies and sponsors working in the field as well as those interested in promoting sustainability via public art. In addition to descriptive information, the database evaluates the aims and outcomes of each project as well as the external constraints (and subsequent negotiations) that influence the production of public artworks.

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The Wave : Sitio Eriazo
The Wave
Sitio Eriazo
The Wave is a public art space in Valparaiso, Chile. The Scarcity and Creativity Studio from Norway, were commissioned by Sitio Eriazo, the Chilean Arts Collective, to design and build the wave-shaped amphitheatre on an abandoned urban site.
The Hive : Wolfgang Buttress
The Hive
Wolfgang Buttress
The Hive is an immersive audiovisual installation that integrates experimental architecture and leading edge art-science to create a space for reflecting upon our relationship with a changing environment.
Green My Favela : Lea Rekow
Green My Favela
Lea Rekow
Green My Favela is an environmental remediation project primarily located in the favelas (informal settlements or slum communities) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. GMF was formed to reclaim degraded land and to create more productive green spaces with favela residents.
The Water Tank House : Louise Fowler-Smith
The Water Tank House
Louise Fowler-Smith
Louise Fowler-Smith, Director of the Imaging the Land International Research Initiative (ILIRI) proposed the idea of retaining rainwater in the walls of a structure for the purpose of recycling and utilizing the water’s thermal mass after witnessing precious water disappear on the occasion of infrequent yet heavy rain at the arid zone research station at Fowlers Gap.
We All Share the Same Water : Deanna Pindell
We All Share the Same Water
Deanna Pindell
A stormwater-mitigation project undertaken at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It consists of a series of ponds which remediate polluted stormwater run-off and serve as an outdoor laboratory and classroom for the students.
Nine Mile Run : STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University.
Nine Mile Run
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University.
The Nine Mile Run Greenway Project was an artist-led, applied research initiative that engaged the expertise and concerns of citizens, environmentalists, politicians, historians, urban planners, scientists and engineers in a multi-year effort aimed at the transformation of an industrial waste site to a sustainable public green space.
Central Park Public Art Strategy : Turpin + Crawford
Central Park Public Art Strategy
Turpin + Crawford
The Central Park Public Art Strategy, developed by Turpin + Crawford, was forged through a partnership between Frasers Property and the City of Sydney, and represents a productive collaboration between the private and public sectors.
Artfarms : Michael Beitz, Ethan Breckeridge, Kyle Butler, Millie Chen, Joan Linder, Megan Michalak
Artfarms
Michael Beitz, Ethan Breckeridge, Kyle Butler, Millie Chen, Joan Linder, Megan Michalak
ARTFARMS tackles the post-industrial landscape issue of empty land and urban renewal by connecting artists and farmers in the East Side of Buffalo, New York, to create city-farming solutions.
The Patient Gardener : visiondivision
The Patient Gardener
visiondivision
An organic ‘study retreat’ made from ten cherry trees whose growth will be guided to form a two-storey structure that encloses seats and a table made from plants and grass. The retreat will reach fruition around 2090.
Supercyclers (Plastic Fantastic) : Liane Rossler and Sarah K
Supercyclers (Plastic Fantastic)
Liane Rossler and Sarah K
Working with recycled plastic bags, Liane Rossler and Sarah K founders of Supercyclers, created an innovative series of homeware designs and an eco-sustainable business model.
Halo : Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford
Halo
Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford
A kinetic sculpture that is activated by the wind, located in the Central Park development in Sydney. It consists of a large yellow ring which orbits upon an angled mast in response to the variable strength of the wind.
Hyperion- Son of Uranus : Greenmeme (Freya Bardell and Brian Howe)
Hyperion- Son of Uranus
Greenmeme (Freya Bardell and Brian Howe)
Greenmeme’s Hyperion-Son of Uranus, which is fashioned from recycled street signs collected from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), visualises the sewerage infrastructure of Los Angeles County, creating a unique topography of the City’s wastewater data.
Reincarnated McMansion : Mathieu Gallois
Reincarnated McMansion
Mathieu Gallois
Reincarnated McMansion is an interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of contemporary art, architecture and town planning, concerned with strategies around sustainability. Initiated in 2008 by Sydney-based artist and architect Mathieu Gallois, it aims to tackle unsustainable building practices in the Australian suburbs.
One Central Park Vertical Gardens : Patrick Blanc
One Central Park Vertical Gardens
Patrick Blanc
Patrick Blanc’s vertical gardens at One Central Park in Sydney span 1000 square metres and sprawl across the building’s two towers, which are 16 and 33 stories high. At 150 metres high they are the tallest vertical gardens in the world.
Vertical Garden at Trio, Camperdown : Patrick Blanc
Vertical Garden at Trio, Camperdown
Patrick Blanc
Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden on the northern facade of the Trio North building in Sydney exemplifies the artist-botanist’s longstanding practice of integrating nature into the unused vertical spaces of urban architecture.
Live Forever : Infranatural (Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess).
Live Forever
Infranatural (Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess).
Live Forever, the work of Infranatural (Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess), is a network of custom laser-cut origami-like brass flowers affixed to the exterior wall of a Los Angeles fire station, that by changing in response to humidity and temperature data collected on the station’s rooftop, indicates the current fire-risk in County of Los Angeles.
High Line Art : Participating artists include Sarah Sze, Alison Knowles and Spencer Finch
High Line Art
Participating artists include Sarah Sze, Alison Knowles and Spencer Finch
Elevated above the urban streets of New York City, the High Line is a public park built on an abandoned freight railway line on Manhattan’s West Side. Featuring a constantly changing public art program, High Line Art, the High Line has become a prime example of urban renewal.
This database is developed by the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) at COFA, UNSW in association with the City of Sydney and Carbon Arts as part of the Australian Research Council ARC linkage project Curating Cities.