Mark di Suvero celebrated his 70th birthday without fanfare in fall 2003. He was on site with his small crew at Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis,preparing for his retrospective exhibition and installing his mega-ton “dragons in the sky,” including the new work Destino.
“I have bags full of bits of paper. I have boxes of telegraph keys. To be too organized would not be a participating artist.” Such is Cerith Wyn Evans’s explanation of where his ideas come from, and in its way it is a complete and accurate explanation.
During the summer of 2003, “lightning struck” for Houston, Texas, artist Douglas Hamilton-not literally, but perhaps just as randomly. One of his paintings, Sydney II, was bought from the Internet site ArtQuest (www.ArtQuest.com), which features the work of 500-plus artists.
Novecento, 2000–02. Bronze, 21 x 7 meters diameter. Photo: © Alberto Piovano, Milan. Laura Tansini: How did it happen that the City of Rome commissioned Novecento?Arnaldo Pomodoro: It was in 1998, when Francesco Rutelli was mayor of Rome, at the re-installation of my work Sfera Grande in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after its restoration.
Over the past 30-plus years of the public art movement, artworks in public settings have added beauty, interest and, in some instances, controversy to the civic arena. For photographers and plein air painters, however, they may also be adding the threat of a lawsuit for copyright infringement.