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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 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.
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.
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.
Art as Environment—A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek : Wu Mali
Art as Environment—A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek
Wu Mali
This work consisted of a series of events and projects that resulted from a collaboration between local residents, artists, students, scientists and experts in urban planning. Participants sought to raise awareness about the state of their natural environment using artistic practices.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seeding the City : Eve Mosher
Seeding the City
Eve Mosher
Seeding the City is a grassroots project that incorporates social networking to find methods for greening the city. Residents were invited to build compact garden modules on their rooftops to create a large-scale green roof system throughout the city.
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.
Victory Gardens 2008+ : Amy Franceschini from Future Farmers.
Victory Gardens 2008+
Amy Franceschini from Future Farmers.
Victory Gardens 2008+ is an extensive program that incorporates art and design with agriculture to transform unused spaces around the city into edible gardens.
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.