Faced with the closure of the crosstown L Train for repairs in 2019, NYC planners ran a competition Sunday for creative solutions to moving commuters during the shutdown. The Van Allen Institute took the prize, but the press can't stop talking about AECOM's "giant inflatable condom" solution.

Photographer Daniel Barlow proposes that gravestones are a fascinating example of self-expression in public spaces. New technology has opened up greater possibility of free expression (which some people choose to use to celebrate their favorite brands, as you can see in the picture of the Budweiser tombstone in the article), but there is also a storied history of imagery on grave markers.

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Artist Shinique Smith recently finished an electrifying mural in Boston's Dewey Square. The canvas is an enormous 70 by 76 ft wall, giving Smith's painting a real presence in the park. In an interview with WBUR in Boston, she said that the felt like the mural "...attunes to the space in which it sits, radiating energy outward to the rest of the city and its occupants."

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Street Art

Beautifying holes in urban walls is a growing trend in street art: Legos, Space Invaders, and now geodes. Artist Paige Smith has been filling in gaps in the landscape over the past year with geode-like agglomerations, like this one in downtown Los Angeles.

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News comes that the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee in the San Francisco Bay Area is making scrap metal from the retired length of the Bay Bridge available to artists. 300 tons of it, in fact, as long as the price tag for salvaging the steel doesn't go over $2.2 million.

Artist Rick Lowe of Houston, TX was among the recently announced 2014 MacArthur Fellows (commonly known as the "Genius" grant). Rick calls his work "social sculpture", and is best known for a creative placemaking project in Houston called Project Row Houses which transformed a rundown cluster of rowhouses into a unique combination of studios, classrooms, community center and housing.

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Natural Landscapes

That's the apt title of this piece, which comes to us from a nature reserve in Portishead, UK. The artist is a design collective called Cod Steaks, who, in addition to public art, do 3D design and model making. The piece is molded out of clear resin. Cod Steaks says that the artwork "...enhances the environment in which it sits, without interfering with or disturbing the wildlife and various nesting birds on the reservoir banks."

WZTV FOX 17 in Nashville breaks this shocking exposé: city government is spending taxpayer dollars on art! "Those eye-catching structures you see around town come with a hefty price tag, and you could be footing the bill," says news anchor Stacey Case. The FOX News team investigates, and as usual the matter of art being "in the eye of the beholder" is batted about.

"In Zundert, in the South of the Netherlands, we are crazy about our flower parade," says the website for Corso Zundert, a yearly festival of flower floats. The Rose Bowl has nothing on this parade, which is the largest in the world. It's also a chance to celebrate public life and see some pretty fantastic floats, like the cluster of chameleons above.

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The entrance staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has always been a gathering place. Visitors will sit and wait on the front steps for their friends, or take a breather there after attempting to absorb the museum's massive collection. The steps, and the four-block-long façade of the museum, were recently refreshed by famed landscape architecture firm OLIN and reopened last week.