The dark caverns created by freeway overpasses are some of the unfriendliest parts of our cities. A 16-foot chandelier has been approved by Vancouver’s city council to illuminate one such forgotten passageway. And it’s kinda brilliant.
The entire world is watching as politicians pour into Paris today to decide the future of the Earth. But you might have missed what’s going on outside the summit, where dozens of activists and artists have transformed the city with installations about climate change.
Genius on Genius | Nikola Tesla mural painted on the Genius Central building in St. Petersburg, FL, as part of the Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival. Photo by CityofSt.Pete/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
This summer, the German city of Karlsruhe is staging a series of installations around town that are themed around a surprising topic: Construction work.
With a sweep of a paint sprayer, an artist has managed to take a decrepit motel in my Los Angeles neighborhood and turn it into a destination—not by fixing it up, but by temporarily erasing it from the street.
Much like the I Heart NY logo or the Hollywood Sign, the sign welcoming visitors to Las Vegas was not meant as a grand gesture when it was conceived. What was a simple act of civic self promotion—an ad, really—became a piece of public art and eventually an icon in the public domain, plastered on fuzzy dice and shot…
Gardens are beautiful and all but they're almost always inconveniently located on the ground. Instead of stooping to smell the roses, this garden comes to you: A suspended, living arrangement of 2,300 flowers which rises and fall around viewers as they move through the space.
With the shiny new span of the Bay Bridge complete, California is now in the throes of a second, parallel construction project—or deconstruction project, really. The old Bay Bridge span, some 58,000 tons of steel and 245,000 tons of concrete, must come down. This week, officials decided that some of the bridge's steel…
The Revolution never dies, comrades — especially when we've painted its leaders on massive billboards that loom over your cities and towns. Here are some of the world's most imposing portraits of Communism's most famous instigators.
One person's trash is another visionary person's community art project. In this clever and beautiful repurposing of old CDs, Ignatov Architects has created Mirror Culture, a shimmery entrance to the public park in Varna, Bulgaria. A bunch of used CDs never looked so good.
Airport administrators are always valiantly attempting to add some levity to the travel experience, god bless 'em. Yet in this ongoing quest for whimsy and spectacle, they've also managed to commission some of the world's weirdest art. Because what could possibly aid your re-entry into civilization after being…
A 2004 Hyundai Elantra is worth about $5,000 cash today, according to Cars.com. Philip Romano’s model is probably worth a bit less than that, since it's coated headlight to bumper in gritty black chalkboard paint.
There's nothing like a huge, diverse nation with a tumultuous history to bring on the weirdness. Here are a few of our favorite incredibly strange monuments that could only exist in China . . . or maybe the American midwest. But we'll save the latter for another day. For now, enjoy this gallery of eastern oddities.
Good art exists in more places than just galleries. Street Art Utopia has a huge collection of the best street art of 2011, with over 106 different pictures documenting everything from Facebook cigarettes to Lego to 3D street art to your art on a wall.
Public art can be pretty weird, but rarely is it as weird as "EYE," an unblinking, three story tall eyeball that's now scaring the dickens out of Chicago.
Buried in an alleyway in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood is this amazing mural of characters from classic Jim Henson flick Dark Crystal. io9's own Garrison Dean took these pictures that truly capture "essence of Gelfling."
A T-600 (from Terminator Salvation) took over Toronto's Yonge and Bloor subway station, flashing its eyes and moving around, to the terror of morning commuters. A few more super-detailed pics below.
Public art frequently features allegedly famous people you've never heard of, playing children, or abstract concepts rendered somehow in solid form. But some modern artists take their cue from classical sculpture, portraying the demigods of our age: the superheroes, killer robots, cryptozoological creatures, and movie…