Can a photocopy be art? Are photocopied artworks good or evil?
French author Andre Malraux coined the term “museum without walls” in the 1950s, referring to the potential of modern democratized art to be made more publicly accessible through photo-reproductions. He thought that traditional museums had affected the way people viewed art, that is, largely as institutional one-of-a-kind “painting” by trained elitist professional artists. By making millions of inexpensive reproductions available to the masses through the internet or photo-reproductions, humanity would benefit by making all art throughout history accessible to all.
Art in public places extends this idea, by changing the context for the art viewer — from the indoor “art installation” setting in super-museums and national galleries — to an outdoor natural setting, where no admission is paid, and where the occasional bird or snowflake may happen to land on the sculpture or graffiti.