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The Most Successful example of public art i have seen… September 2, 2008

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Lawrence Argent: I See What You Mean



I found the most amazing part of this project was how they installed it – watch the quick video below !

See the installation of this public art piece: http://www.denvergov.org/Portals/236/documents/DOCA_BigBlueBearQuickT.mov

Denver Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program announces the installation of the much anticipated public artwork by Lawrence Argent entitled I See What You Mean, a 40-foot tall, blue bear, at the Colorado Convention Center.

The artist has described I See What You Mean as a stylized representation of native fauna. As the bear peeks inside the enormous facility at the conventioneers, displacement and wonder pique curiosity and question a greater relationship of art, technology and whimsy.
“My public artworks are part of a larger whole,” stated Lawrence Argent. “I am an artist that utilizes assorted mediums and venues to engage the viewer in questioning the assumed and provide a vehicle by which stimulus opens a plethora of responses that defy verbal articulation.”
I really like this piece its different evokes thought and is fun!

Kinds of outdoor art works our region could have more of…

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I think we need more interactive public art which encourages families to engage in outdoor physical activity or family orientated fun.


Who should benefit the most from public art works?

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Hoffie, (1998) describes the installation of art in a public place is the responsibility of the public, who must live with it. Therefore public art must be suitable for the community in terms of content, safety, materials and must be respectful to those who live in the community.  Lippard (2001) also describes the importance of the community being involved and benefitting from public art.


Knights states that it is important that the artist, community and the environment benefit from public art.


Artist: chance to extend their practice through collaboration with architects landscape designers and other interested parties and also gives them the opportunity to place their work in sites that would ordinarily be unavailable for artwork.


Community: creates a focus for the community, enrich the cultural environment of a suburb, facilitate community acceptance of new buildings or places, and discourages graffiti.


Environment: the environment needs to be considered in terms of location, meaning of piece, media used.



Why do communities world wide bother producing public art?

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Knights (1998) describes public art as originally being used to impress, express confidence and quietly exude wealth and power. For example (vast foyers, large statues commissioned for important people)


Disanayke describes the purpose of public art as now forming a community’s identity. This is where I see public art and advertisement/tourism blurring with community art.


Murphy (2001) describes public art as not only beautifying buildings, grounds and public areas but as also addressing current issues with society and provokes thought.


Sabiel (1997) describes the positive effect art can have on people, not only by being involved in the making process but also viewing with and or watching it being produced, especially when the art is interactive.


There are many reasons why communities around the world produce public art: community identity, to impress, tourism $$, engage community members, address current issues.


Helmrich (2002: 63) describes the purpose of public art to “engage, intrigue, amuse or challenge but not intentionally outrage members of the public”



What is Community Art ? September 1, 2008

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Community art, also known as “dialogical art” or “community-based art,” is an art form based in a community setting. Works from this genre can be of any art forms and is characterized by interaction or dialogue with the community.

Often community art is based in deprived areas, with a community oriented, grassroots approach. Members of a local community will come together to express concerns or issues through an artistic process; sometimes this may involve professional artists or actors. These communal artistic processes act as a catalyst to trigger events or changes within a community or even at a national or international level.

How is community art similar to/different from public art?

Through discussions with my peers I have found that the boundaries between public art and community art are blurred. For example the learning circles project could be described as both public and community art.



What is Public Art?

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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.