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Public Art

Public art is a piece of art which is created in a public realm to respond to the needs of the community or of a place. It is supposed to address environmental or social issues in the society. Public art reflects the history of the people, or of a place (“Public art frequently asked questions”). The worked is therefore planned and before its execution, collaboration and involvement of the community is very essential as the any art must be significant to the community in which it exists. The relationship between the audience and the art is very much importance even more than the physical location of the art.

The publicness of any public work rests entirely on the quality of its impact on the public audience. It must create room for the community engagement by giving them a social idea but allow them to come to their own judgment. The public realm from which the public arts should occupy have in the recent years been extended by artist to even include even more challenging and wider areas for art. This has prompted the society to seek for cultural interventions to implore the artists to engage in art forms which promote society’s well-being and make good relevant sense of the spaces which they occupy.

In the modern days, identity of cities could be summarized on the public art forms and the associated public engagement and are meant to offer pride, sense of celebration, visual appeal, fund and could go further to display the city’s wealth and health(Fuentes). Public arts such as the monuments and graffiti are allowed in many cities, and some administration even pay for such services but a lot need to be done to ensure that public art make good use of spaces and communicate positive ideas to the community.

Due to lack of strict regulations, some city are forced to ban public arts that are either contributing towards draining away the city’s history or are not communicating anything positive and worth treasuring to the community. In Vandals and scandals, a perfect example of a public art that failed to satisfy the needs of the community is illustrated. This kind of work brought out ill-thoughts from people and hence they hated it. They clearly were never involved in the execution of the project and although it was statute of a famous figure, it demonstrated nothing that the community could be proud of.

The artist created a figure with short-skirt which at the same time is blown by wind and exposes the inner side of the artwork (Kevin). All the appeals which the artist achieved by creating the art did not relate to their daily life. The sexual and political appeals are things that the society was not going to be proud of and it had nothing to do with the history. This therefore leaves the art work on the wrong sides of the citizens.

It would also be proper to say that the art did not have any message to the public and this may be reason it was viewed as a vandalized public space. It completely wasted the space and it failed to make sense out of the empty public realm. They only thing it achieved was the visual appeal to few people who derives pleasure from such sights but majority were pissed of. Pride, fun and sense of celebration was lacking and hence the art was thrown way from the city by the citizens who preferred to nurture their good history and their pride of their town

Public art may be controversial but as long as it has a message or an idea to put through to members of the public then it would certainly be allowed to exist. An example is given of the modern communication statute. It shows a man standing with shoe in his mouth and fingers in his ears. The art work is strategically placed in front of a police station of Kansas City and the fire department. These two are government entities that are mandated to respond to urgent call of the public (Spencer). In most cases these entities fail to act on urgent calls and the statute may be telling their story of see no evil, talk no evil but it could also be saying how communication is broken the modern society.



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