What is Public Art?
Public art is artwork placed in highly trafficked areas for public viewing. Large-scale sculptures, exhibition spaces, and site-integrated aesthetic works are all examples of public art. Concentrating on downtown plazas, city parks, neighborhood community centers, and municipal buildings, the Public Art Program strives to place artwork in highly visible locations and choose artwork that reflects the character of that community.
Why Public Art?
Public art stimulates public spaces, which encourage a sense of ownership and pride within the community, acting as a landmark or gathering place. It encourages sport activities and relaxation, contemplation in nature, heightened perceptions and the process of creative thought.
Public Art speaks of quality of life issues. The development of the human race is dependent upon having the freedom to express itself. As a reflection of human creativity, public art serves as a necessary reminder of the allowances and freedoms we have in our everyday lives.
“It is the uncommon elements of one’s self– the alternative identities which separate us that, ironically, eventually mesh to create our common experience.” Anonymous
Public art not only aids in recreation and intellectual pursuits of a community, it also affects the economic growth of an area. A strong cultural environment can be a barometer to measure the health of a region. A healthy cultural environment supports tourism and economic development. Businesses evaluating a region for relocation and expansion are influenced by these positive factors.
Public art is a reflection of the quality of a region. It should exemplify the highest degree of social awareness, intellectual pursuit, ingenuity, creative ability and the skills a community has to offer.