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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 Homes Project : Tony Honecker and William Farr
The Homes Project
Tony Honecker and William Farr
The Homes Project emerged from a 3-month expedition through the vast and expansive coastal landscapes of Chile. Two British artists utilised found materials to make 6 homes in which they lived throughout their journey.
Vacant Lot of Cabbages : Barry Thomas
Vacant Lot of Cabbages
Barry Thomas
In Wellington, New Zealand in 1978, one hundred and eighty cabbage seedlings in the shape of the word CABBAGE were planted on a long-disused site without permission, challenging a lack of community consultation in decisions relating to the city landscape. Due to public engagement it became known as ‘soapbox art corner’.
365 Bales : Stephen Grossman
365 Bales
Stephen Grossman
An environmental sculpture set in “the Lot” in the center of New Haven, Connecticut in 2000. Minimalist in its construction and made entirely of natural materials, the sculpture transformed the rough urban setting by raising one’s awareness of the existing environment and posing an alternative future for the space.
CAlabama Peddlers : marksearch (Sue Mark and Bruce Douglas)
CAlabama Peddlers
marksearch (Sue Mark and Bruce Douglas)
An eco-tourist project exploring local history and community-building in York, Alabama. marksearch crafted town slogans based on residents' stories about the history of the region and their hopes for future. These slogans were displayed on billboards attached to their tandem bike, with which they rode over 200 miles regionally to promote York as an ecotourism gateway.
Cross(x)Species Adventure Club : Natalie Jeremijenko
Cross(x)Species Adventure Club
Natalie Jeremijenko
Producing experimental culinary designs—including recipes which incorporate bats, geese, snails, bio-char and water buffalo milk—the New York-based Cross(x)Species Adventure Club is driven to find solutions for improving our natural systems.
xClinic Farmacy : Natalie Jeremijenko
xClinic Farmacy
Natalie Jeremijenko
xClinic Farmacy is a distributed urban farming project that seeks to enhance environmental health and re-imagine food systems. During the summer of 2011 a clinical trial of Farmacy was installed at Postmasters Gallery, New York.
Waste Landscape : Elise Morin and Clémence Eliard
Waste Landscape
Elise Morin and Clémence Eliard
Waste Landscape—comprising of 60,000 unsold and collected CDs which have been hand-sewn together—is a monumental artificial landscape that resembles the ever-increasing mountains of urban landfill at waste management centres.
The Energy Cafe : Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs)
The Energy Cafe
Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs)
Energy Cafe was a community-based, portable, off-grid kitchen, which explored alternative energy, urban agriculture, and shared public space. Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs) held workshops, talks and open days where visitors could actively participate in creating the work.
Swing : Moradavaga (Manfred Eccli and Pedro Cavaco Leitão)
Swing
Moradavaga (Manfred Eccli and Pedro Cavaco Leitão)
Initially appearing like a normal playground swing-set, Swing, by Moradavaga, is a playful and interactive installation comprising a set of four swings from which participants, by swinging, can create enough energy to power a series of lights built into the platform below the seats.
Not A Cornfield : Lauren Bon & Metabolic Studio
Not A Cornfield
Lauren Bon & Metabolic Studio
This project involved planting a cornfield on a 32-acre piece of land in the centre of Los Angeles that was stewarded for a full agricultural cycle. It sought to redeem a plot of once-fertile land depleted by industrialisation.
Kaeru : Slow Art Collective (Tony Adams, Chaco Kato, Dylan Martorell) and Hiroshi Fuji
Kaeru
Slow Art Collective (Tony Adams, Chaco Kato, Dylan Martorell) and Hiroshi Fuji
Slow Art Collective worked together with Hiroshi Fuji to create Kaeru, a collaborative community project about waste, renewal and transformation. During workshops, visitors were invited to create small objects out of recycled items, which were later brought together to build a garden installation.
Hot Summer of Urban Farming : Camilla Berner, Gillion Grantsaan, Nance Klehm, Marie Markman, Jonas Maria Schul,  Åsa Sonjasdotter, Hartmut Stockter and YNKB.
Hot Summer of Urban Farming
Camilla Berner, Gillion Grantsaan, Nance Klehm, Marie Markman, Jonas Maria Schul, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Hartmut Stockter and YNKB.
A collection of Danish and international artists explore methods of re-invigorating the city landscape with urban agriculture and gardening. Central to the public art project’s themes is the re-imagining and infiltration of urban space.
Southwark Lido : EXYZT and Sara Muzio
Southwark Lido
EXYZT and Sara Muzio
An abandoned site in Southwark was transformed into a temporary lido, equipped with a public outdoor paddling pool, sauna, sun deck, beach huts and bar. EXYZT wanted to foster conversations about how communities can develop through collective memory and shared experiences.
Dalston Mill : EXYZT
Dalston Mill
EXYZT
A disused railway line and waste ground in the East London suburb of Dalston was transformed into a temporary 16 metre high fully functioning flour mill with a community kitchen and bread oven that was open to the public.
Nuage Vert (Green Cloud) : HeHe (Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen).
Nuage Vert (Green Cloud)
HeHe (Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen).
Produced in collaboration with Helsinki Energy, the public art installation Nuage Vert (meaning ‘Green Cloud’) projected green light onto the vapour cloud emitted from that city’s Salmisaari power plant to visualise the plant’s energy output.
Seven Metre Bar : Richard Goodwin, Russell Lowe, Adrian McGregor.
Seven Metre Bar
Richard Goodwin, Russell Lowe, Adrian McGregor.
Located at Underwood Street, a laneway near Circular Quay, Seven Metre Bar aimed to convert this usually abandoned site into a bustling social hub while also raising awareness with regard to climate change and rising sea levels.
Activate 2750 : Ash Keating
Activate 2750
Ash Keating
Situated near the Westfield shopping centre in Penrith (Western Sydney), Activate 2750 aimed to address unsustainable modes of consumption and raise awareness with regard to waste management through a confronting and monumental installation of local waste.
We Make This City : David Cross, Magnificent Revolution Australia, Lynette Wallworth and Makeshift
We Make This City
David Cross, Magnificent Revolution Australia, Lynette Wallworth and Makeshift
We Make This City was a temporary public art project in the inner-city location of Taylor Square, Sydney, which aimed to encourage agency, change behaviour, and galvanise social and political action in response to Climate Change.
The Black Cloud : Heather and Ivan Morison (in collaboration with architect Sash Reading)
The Black Cloud
Heather and Ivan Morison (in collaboration with architect Sash Reading)
The Black Cloudis an open-air, pavilion-like structure made from panels of charred timber, which acts as a hybrid public sculpture, temporary shelter and venue for social events. This ominous post-apocalyptic construction is a reminder of the impending effects of Climate Change.
Pod #002, Parasite Heating Unit : Rikke Luther
Pod #002, Parasite Heating Unit
Rikke Luther
Pod #002, Parasite Heating Unitis a modular dwelling that can be transported and installed in different locations. Representing the relationship between parasite and host, the unit is attached to an existing building, utilising its light intake to heat the dwelling.
City Eco Lab
City Eco Lab
 
Part of the 2008 Biennial Internationale Design (Cité du Design), City Eco Lab, Saint-Étienne presented 46 projects from the region to visitors in the form of a marketplace. These projects included productive urban gardens, low energy food storage, communal composting solutions, de-motorised courier services and software tools to help people share resources.
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.