Sarah Douglas from the The Art Newspaper shares the chronological progression and popularity of outdoor art in her article The Outsiders.
The Art Newspaper
“The Outsiders,” by Sarah Douglas
One of those is Madison Square Park, in Midtown, an example of how edgy public art has contributed to urban renewal. Debbie Landau, head of the conservancy, which runs the public art programme, has been with the park since 1996. Its first art project was Tony Oursler’s The Influence Machine in 2000 in collaboration with the Public Art Fund; a $1m grant from Target stores brought more art in 2001. In 2002, the conservancy became a registered non-profit with part or its mission to bring in art projects. Again, the lion’s share of its funding comes from private sources.
The conservancy’s first major project was an installation by Mark di Suvero in 2004. By 2007, the park was undertaking its current four projects a year. In 2010, Antony Gromley’s Event Horizon figures populated the ground and surrounding rooftops; a huge sculpture of a head by Jaume Plensa dominated the park over the summer. Currently installed are figurative works by Alison Saar.