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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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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.
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.
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.
48 Degrees Celsius
48 Degrees Celsius
 
The first public art festival in India, 48˚C Public. Art. Ecology interrogated the diverse ecology of Delhi. The local and international artists featured in the exhibition responded directly to environmental concerns present in the city.
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.
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.
Particle Falls : Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga
Particle Falls
Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga
Particle Falls was a temporary public art installation that appeared as a waterfall of blue light cascading down the side of a prominent building in San José. It used laser projection technology to make visible, in real time, the density of air pollutant PM2.5 in the local atmosphere, raising awareness about a significant environmental health concern.
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.
Weather Cranes : Allan Giddy
Weather Cranes
Allan Giddy
Weather Cranes transforms two heritage listed industrial cranes into humidity and temperature sensitive instruments. Each crane displays a series of lights attached to the pulley wire, which respond to the changing temperature and relative humidity.
Earth vs Sky : Allan Giddy
Earth vs Sky
Allan Giddy
At sunset, Earth v Sky continuously samples the colour of the sky. Using this data, nine lights bathe two magnificent Moreton Bay Fig trees in the opposite spectrum of coloured light.
In The Shadow : Janet Laurence
In The Shadow
Janet Laurence
Concerned with the site’s history, In the Shadow by Janet Laurence is an environmental artwork that addresses the remediation of the Homebush Bay area from industrial contamination.
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.