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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hyperion- Son of Uranus : Greenmeme (Freya Bardell and Brian Howe)
Hyperion- Son of Uranus
Greenmeme (Freya Bardell and Brian Howe)
Greenmeme’s Hyperion-Son of Uranus, which is fashioned from recycled street signs collected from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), visualises the sewerage infrastructure of Los Angeles County, creating a unique topography of the City’s wastewater data.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.