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What is Public Art? September 1, 2008

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I thought the best way to begin my digital diary was first to ask  “what is public and community art?”

The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that has been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the public domain, usually outside and accessible to all….The term is sometimes also applied to include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings.”

Knights (1998:79) defines public art as ….projects which are developed in relation to a site with the expectation that the work produced be tangible and permanent, have lasting aesthetic and financial value, be sensitively integrated into the space and provide some benefit for those who own or use the area.

The major difference pointed out by Oppermann (2001) between public art and other art is that of ownership.

But where is the line between architecture, advertising, functionality and public art?

I think that really depends on the viewer …there are many blurred boundaries between these domains. For example while permanence is a common attribute, there are more inclusive definitions of public art in other sources allowing for ephemeral forms. Eg. Fireworks, parades. Some people even consider sunsets as public art.

 

What Benefits Might School Students Gain from Participating in a Public/Community Art Project ? November 29, 2008

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Public art projects provide opportunities for students to engage in and learn through and about cultural diversity, history, teamwork, community, belonging, respect, planning and development, environmental issues, language and pride (Hoffie, 1998).

 

 

What is your view about the “Saint” on Castle Hill? Is this public Art or Graffiti and should it remain?

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Whilst the saint originated as a prank from a group of James Cook University students it has now become a city icon pictured on the front of the telephone book, used as JCU pins and featuring in a number of local business advertisements. The saint is even commented on throughout many Townsville tourist sites.

 

Below is an article from 2001 outlining the public’s opinion…

 

Public response backs Townsville’s saint.

 

 

The Saint – a matchstick graffiti figure dominating the Townsville landscape from atop Castle Hill in the city’s centre – should stay, according to submissions to the Queensland Heritage Council.

The Heritage Council has received an application from the Townsville City Council to remove the five-metre-high painting, inspired by the symbol used in the Lesley Charteris books of that name.

But the figure forms part of the heritage listing of Castle Hill in the Queensland Heritage Register, which is administered on behalf of the Queensland Heritage Council by the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA Cultural Heritage Unit Acting Manager Ray Osborne said the Heritage Council consequently invited the public to express its views on the proposal to remove The Saint, estimated to be about 35 years old.

“There may be one or two more submissions still in the pipeline, but so far we have received seven, including one petition of 66 signatures,” Mr Osborne said.

“Only one believes The Saint should be removed. The remainder all wholeheartedly wants to keep it.”

The only submission opposing the Saint’s retention said: “… international visitors and interstate visitors must consider Townsville community thinking in this day and age, when presented with such an obvious in-your-face piece of graffiti.”

Pro-Saint comments include:

“… sacred site [that] should remain untouched by our [City] Council.”

“… a significant feature of the local cultural landscape, having social, historical and aesthetic significance to members of the local community.”

“A prominent legal firm, established in Townsville in 1890, features the cliff face with “The Saint” in a current television advertisement.”

“… continues to play a significant role in defining Townsville’s community identity.”

“This icon is a tourist attraction and is often used in tourist promotions.”

“… to remove “The Saint” would be cultural vandalism.”

“The Queensland Heritage Council Development Committee is expected to consider the Townsville City Council application in the light of these submissions at its next meeting, on Thursday, January 17,” Mr Osborne said.

Released by: Environmental Protection Agency

I think that the ‘saint’ began as graffiti but the meaning people have given to the saint and they way in which the saint now represents Townsville an icon has evolved it into public art. I think that it is up to the public to decide if they want the saint to stay or go. Personally I have never seen the hill without this icon and could not imagine it without it.

 

How Much Sway Should Public Opinion Hold in the Kinds of Public art Installed in our Environment? Who Should Have the Most Say in What is Funded and Installed?

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I think the public should have the most say in what is funded and installed as the art as the name suggests should belong to the public. In reality I as a member of the public have never been asked for an opinion and think that really it comes down to the people with the money who want to make more money who decide on public art pieces.

 

Do you think local artists or outsiders should be commissioned to create public art in this region?

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I believe that public art should represent the beliefs issues and joint construction of the public and therefore think local artists should be considered before outsiders to create works for their community.

 

Hoffie (1998) suggests that local artists are essential in planning areas that mean something to the community; they are better positioned to understand the subtleties and nuances of an area in contrast to an outsider, who may be reduced to stereotypes and generalisations in their portrayal of a place.

 

Using local artists to capture the local community also seems to make economic sense and positions the local artist well instead of inferior to the outside artist.

 

BUT … a community should not turn their back on outside artists completely their input could be valuable and along with community input could be very refreshing to a communities identity.

 

 

Which QSA VA Outcomes Specifically Recommend Public/Community art involvement?

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Students make and display images and objects to reflect an understanding of the functions and purposes of public and community art.

 

• identifying and interpreting images and objects in a community context

 

• reflecting understanding of local area and community artists/designers/ craftspeople

 

• observations of, and making images and objects for, natural and built environments.

 

• making folios/journals that visually explore possible solutions to questions 

 

• developing innovative and personal responses to tasks designed by themselves or a teacher

 

• researching ideas to individually and collaboratively make images and objects, experience displays and exhibitions and appraise their own and others’ artworks

 

• collaborating with peers to make and display images and objects for a natural or built environment utilising characteristics of the selected space and place

 

 

The function and purpose of public art:

• identify public sculptures/murals/installations, etc. in their local communities and analyse the work in relation to the context in which it is seen

 

• display their images and objects and consider how meaning is constructed and may change according to

the context of the informal and formal display e.g. in personal, public and community contexts.

 

• collaboratively design and make an aerosol art mural to reflect youth cultures in their community

 

• design images and objects for a particular space and place in their local community considering or challenging what is valued and accepted as public art

 

• identify public displays within their community contexts to analyse the use of space and location

 

 

What is a Question about public art or community art which comes from your investigation?

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Would the water park be considered public art?

I myself define public art in a very broad way … I would say that the water park IS public art. It is interactive, designed to bring people together and the community were engaged in developing the idea of the water park. I think the water park is a perfect piece of public art for hot and humid Townsville.

The issuses sourrounding the water park include: saftey (with slides being removed due to injuries, sutainability – water usage, hours of operation and supervision provided.)

 

 

 

 

Exploring Public Art in our local Community …

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Name of Work

 

Site 

Artist/s

Media/Scale

Issues

 

Mosaic Tables

 

James cook university – western campus

Third and fourth year Education students

Mosaic

Vandalism, keep up

Ergon Power boxes

Around Townsville – various locations

Unsure?

Paint

vandalism

Roland McDonald Wall

 

 

Ronald Mc Donald House

JCU third and fourth year education students

Mosaic and lighting

Vandalism – a drunk driver ran into the wall the wall no longer exists

Toddler Totem Trails

Three parks in Townsville – Vincent, Garbet

JCU students

 

 

Clay , imprinting, mixed media add on

Vandalism – already two incidents since the completion of the project.

Power Polls

Throughout Townsville

TAFE students

Paint

Vandalism

Well travelled trunks

 

 

James Cook University – western campus

JCU students

Mosaic, mixed media

Up keep – these have partly been removed now, they became quite scruffy with no upkeep.