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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.