Daily Archives: 26/02/2014

Public art serves a high purpose. It can be fun, the spark for conversation, a cause for quiet reflection or all of the above. Sometimes it’s a decorative feature hidden away waiting to be noticed. Sometimes it’s loud and huge in an in-your-face way. It’s always a matter of individual taste and opinion.

Forever Marilyn – Seward Johnson

This larger than life statue was temporarily located on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago in 2011-2012.  It is currently living in Palm Springs, California. As a piece of public art ‘she’ did her job well, attracting both praise and criticism.

Chicago - Forever Marilyn - Grunge 03

Joshua Reynolds’ words

Above the entrance of the Franklin Building at 720 South Dearborn Street in the Printers Row district of Chicago is this quotation by 18th century English artist Joshua Reynolds.  The building was designed in 1912 at the height of the art nouveau period.

The quotation also appears across the entrance of the perhaps more famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London in a very different style.

Chicago - print district sign

Unicyclist – South Bank in Brisbane – suspended work – artist unknown

unicylist - public art - South Bank - Worn

Search – bronze – 1975 – J Seward Johnson Jr (the same Seward Johnson responsible for Marilyn) in Devonian Harbour Park, Vancouver.

Now that I look at this again, I guess the man sitting next to the sculpture was possibly searching too. 🙂

Search - Seward Johnson - Vancouver

Bike rack – Chicago

public art - Chicago - bike rack - Worn 03

Paint tube on light pole – Bayamo, Cuba – an town where many artists live


Today the play is with landscapes. I particularly like the effect on the Glasshouse Mountains panorama. It feels like film stock from the 70s or earlier.

Glasshouse Mountains, S E Queensland

Glasshouse Mountains panorama - GrittyCable Beach, Western Australia – surf and sand grasses

Cable Beach dune grasses - Worn PopBritish Columbia, Canada  – sun and snow

snow trees - Canada - Worn 02