Public Art Trend: Living in an Art Gallery

In a growing art trend at condos and apartment buildings, public art collections create the sensation of living in a gallery.

By Andrea K. Hammer

As longtime advocates of integrating art into our daily lives, team members at Artsphoria Magazine are enthusiastic fans of public art. For example, a New York Times Magazine ad, featuring Jeff Koons’ Ballerina sculpture at Oceana Bal Harbour in Miami gives us reason to pause. Like the artist’s Balloon Dog previously viewed on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rooftop, this piece creates a visual exclamation point!

Prime Example of Public Art in Miami

Speaking to our dance lover’s imagination, the Ballerina sculpture prompts us to dive deeper and explore information about the Oceana’s art collection. A description explains that:

Art is deeply engrained into the fabric of Oceana Bal Harbour, transforming the building into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. By joining architecture and international contemporary art, we’ve curated the project into a world-class museum and a place where artwork can interact with residences’ daily life.

For a preview of some of the new art created in Florence for Oceana Bal Harbour in Miami, watch this video with Jeff Koons.

Artistic Transformation of Historic Apartment in Philadelphia

Detail from silkscreen

The team at Artsphoria Magazine is on a continual public art watch. Here in Philadelphia, we have reveled in the artistic transformation of a historic apartment building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. During a recent and ongoing renovation, Park Towne (PT) Place Museum District Residences has “re-imagined” its identity through a massive art collection around every bend. Originally built in the 1950s, the art-covered “campus” is now integrated into art museum row.

Neighboring museum icons include:

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Rodin Museum
  • Barnes Foundation

Learn more about the PT art collection as well as upcoming exhibits and events, which InLiquid has curated and organized.

Different Artistic Interpretations

Like all good art, public sculpture provokes conversation and debate. Until we tracked down the name and artist who completed Big Daddy Long Legs, some viewers offered the following interpretations:

Big Daddy Long Legs by John W. Parker (2015)
Big Daddy Long Legs by John W. Parker (2015)
  • Maze
  • Bridge
  • Hands

What do you see when you look at this piece? Let us know some of your other favorites and the reasons why they captured your attention!

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About Andrea Hammer 224 Articles
Andrea K. Hammer, founder and director of Artsphoria International Magazine and Artsphoria: Arts, Business & Technology Center (, is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer. She has published articles in international publications. Through this expanded edition of Artsphoria, she invites fellow artists, writers, innovators and creative thinkers to join our conversation!`