Portugal Arte 10: Public Art Projects in Downtown Lisbon

The cornerstone of Portugal Arte 10 EDP is a series of public art projects that are installed throughout downtown Lisbon. Three distinct areas, Chiado, Baixa, and Avenida Liberdade, host these works. Los Angeles-based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of JohnstonMarkLee architectural firm were instrumental in examining these areas defining characteristics and placing the works of art in ways which either reinforce the urban condition, or challenges it by creating a new way of experiencing a neighborhood.

Among the artworks on display are Temple by Faile; untitled works by Sterling Ruby; Grid Ripper, Aluminum Box and Bronze Canon by Sterling Ruby; Point of View by Ivan Capote; Eggs by Martha Freidman; Bench by Jim Drain; and Burghers of Calais by Nathan Mabry.

In this video, Artistic Director Stefan Simchowitz talks about the the public art projects of Portugal Arte 10 and how the people in the streets reacted to the works.

See also: Portugal Arte 10 / International Survey of Contemporary Art in Lisbon, Portugal and Artist Collective FAILE’s Temple at Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon.

Photos of the exhibition after the jump.

Portugal Arte 10, Public Art Projects. July 16-18, 2010.

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