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By Bridgette Waldau

Public Art

What is It and Why it Matters


ublic art is exactly that, art in public spaces. The term “public art” may bring to mind images of historic bronze statues of a man on horseback in a park. Today, public art can take a wide range of forms and sizes—and can be temporary or permanent. Public art can include murals, sculpture, memorials, community art and even performances.


The size of public art can be large or small. It can tower 50’ high or be a decorative paving you walk on. The style may be abstract or realistic (or both) and it may be cast, carved, built, assembled or painted. The art can be site-specific or stand in contrast to its surroundings. Public art can be found in urban and rural communities and is often managed by museums or art organizations.

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Artists can deliver messages, unfiltered by galleries, agents or the media and the site displaying the artist’s work comes with an audience. Creative expression can be directed to business people in a downtown area, children at a playground, families in a public park or seniors at a community center. Being public, the art is free and accessible to everyone. Public art creates a heightened awareness of the location site, of the people and the broader


Heartland Living June-July Issue 2015  
Heartland Living June-July Issue 2015  

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