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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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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.
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.
A Line Made By Walking and Assembling Bits and Pieces of the Bodywork of Illegally Dumped Cars Found at the Edge of Roads and Tracks in the Illawarra Escarpment : Brogan Bunt
A Line Made By Walking and Assembling Bits and Pieces of the Bodywork of Illegally Dumped Cars Found at the Edge of Roads and Tracks in the Illawarra Escarpment
Brogan Bunt
The project documents the artist's clandestine process of walking up into the Illawarra escarpment to remove pieces of illegally dumped cars with a battery-powered angle grinder. This small act of resistance demonstrates a passionate relation to the impurity of the local environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.