Public Art

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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Swiss-born artist Olaf Breuning made this installation of flat cloud shapes for New York's Doris C. Freedman Plaza. The clouds, perched 35 feet above the ground on simple steel beams, will be on view through October 19, 2014. The clouds may look like paper cutouts, but they're actually aluminum. The shapes are based on sketches by the artist.

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Lauren Bacall's recent death unearthed a bit of interesting history: apparently she was a huge fan of sculptor Henry Moore, one of the most ubiquitous public artists in the world.

A couple of weeks ago, artist Ryan McGuinness, as part of an official Department of Transportation art project, installed a series of signs on streetlight poles around Manhattan. The signs are shaped a bit like skateboards and are clearly influenced by instructional signage, but include fanciful and decorative imagery. To McGuinness' surprise (and no one else's) many of his art pieces were cut down and stolen within a few days of being installed.

When you see a sign that tells you "KEEP OUT", how tempted are you to throw caution to the wind and go in anyway? Artist Christian Moeller, a professor at UCLA, plays with that instinct in this piece called "DO NOT TOUCH". Watch the video after the jump.