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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 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.
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.
Chop Stick : visiondivision (Ulf Mejergren and Anders Berensson)
Chop Stick
visiondivision (Ulf Mejergren and Anders Berensson)
Chop Stick comprises a 100-foot Yellow Poplar (or Tulip) tree suspended horizontally across a small refreshment kiosk that has been entirely constructed from the tree itself. Located within the 100 Acres Art & Nature Park, Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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.
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.
Thunderbolt : Bonita Ely
Thunderbolt
Bonita Ely
Thunderbolt is a public installation commissioned by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. The iron edifice uses a digital interface to respond to real-time measurements of domestic energy loadings in the immediate area by changing the colour of the lights in the sculpture.
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.
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.
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.
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres
 
A large park dedicated to public art attached to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Ecological concerns are central to the curatorial and general management of the Park, in which 10 semi-permanent site-responsive works have been installed since the opening in June 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.