What is Public Art? Public Art is any work of art or element of design that is sited in or on public city places (parks, buildings, right of ways, etc.) for people to experience.
Types of Public Art
Two and Three - Dimensional Artwork:
Two and Three-dimensional artwork has been the most common form of public art and comes in a variety of forms, including, but not limited to: Interpretive: Primary purpose is educating the public. The artwork might be self-explanatory or require a panel explaining the project. Monument: A statue, building or other structure created to commemorate a famous or notable person or event. They are typically cast in or sculpted from granite, bronze or marble. Mural or Mosaic: A painting or other work of art created or mounted on a wall. Media used to create the mural or mosaic can include paint, tile, glass or other found materials. Sculpture: Freestanding, physically independent of other site elements. Can consist of a variety of materials, including metals, wood, concrete, fiberglass, landscape, glass, etc. Sensory Art: Appeals to the senses – visual, auditory, touch or a combination of these. Can include water features, fountains, interactive sound or touch features, lighting, etc.
The primary purpose is functional or utilitarian. Works of art that serve a purpose in publicly owned spaces that are designed and/or embellished by artists. Examples: seating, benches, bicycle racks, bus shelters, fences, gates, trash cans, lights, light poles, etc. Integrated Artwork Fully incorporated into the design of a larger project or existing element in the community. Artists may work directly with the architects or engineers to enhance the qualities and functionality of publicly owned buildings, structures, spaces and/or infrastructure. Examples may include bridges, retaining walls, walkways, buildings, streetscaping, landscaping, functional building elements – façade elements, entrances, lobbies, etc.
Temporary public art is exhibited for 6 months or fewer and may include interactive cultural activities, performance-based work, or objects presented in public space that have a limited duration. It may be experienced as a surprise or unanticipated activity, or as part of larger or anticipated events such as a festival, parade, or other community event. may take place in one location or move but are not permanently sited. Examples: Temporary public art can be almost any form.