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This blog is about promoting ART in PUBLIC PLACES, meaning art and sculpture found in freely accessible outdoor settings (no admission fees). Such outdoor public venues lend themselves to larger works of sculpture and other forms of street art — including graffiti. IMO many statues of dead politicians and soldiers-on-horseback do not qualify as art, and should be reconsidered in terms of the public spaces they occupy. Maybe some should be moved to the Museum of Ancient History;)
This blog is NOT about — the usual stuffy old oil paintings in official indoor art museums. Instead it is about…
1) “Derelict art”: are there existing artworks that could be relocated for better public exposure or impact? Are you aware of any such “derelict art” near you? (Why is that beautiful sculpture located outside the mayor’s window where nobody else can see it?)
2) How can information about public artworks in various towns and cities be better disseminated so that interested visitors can find them more easily? Where are the best examples of “art in public places” near you? (Send me your photos and related GPS coordinates/directions). For example, see the photo below about some balancing rock sculptures in Ottawa at Tunneys Pasture — some very worthwhile public art that you won’t find in local mainstream tourism literature. For another challenge: try finding the elusive Henry Moore sculpture in Vancouver BC. (hint: try Queen Elizabeth Park).
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3) Discussing key issues related to developing/maintaining art in outdoor public settings (versus established indoor art museums)? For instance, how should art in public places be funded and managed? Do you have practical experience developing promising public green space for new art pieces, or helping to facilitate new art construction (raising funds, lobbying, promoting local biennales, etc)? Should this sort of art planning be left entirely to municipal governments and arts councils? Are there “lessons learned” that can be shared?