6 questions for public art in cities: A #CityTalk review


Public Art in our cities has the ability to improve what’s left between buildings. Transitional,derelict or unplanned spaces are given a new life through graffiti or street art. As the user of a city, your everyday commute can become a pleasant experience through art.  Street art vs galleries? Regulated or sponsored art vs Graffiti? Tensions exist between the way art should be viewed, experienced and made. Maybe, certain sensitivities arise when the sacred word, “art” is used to describe murals, graffiti and installations. What is public art and what role do citizens have in creating art, if any? (Read the preview here)

Last week our #CityTalk with This Big City asked questions around public art and it’s influence in cities around the world.

1. What is the purpose of public art and how does it add to the feeling of a place in a city?

A1 sense of place is linked to memories. Art lets ppl stop and stay longer, to create memories and attachment #CityTalk

— Ximena González De A (@XiMeNaKa) March 19, 2014

2. How can communities become involved in the creation of public art?

NGOs hold workshops for communities to create public art in order to improve their neighborhoods. @City_Arts_NYC#CityTalk

— Anna Brown (@brown_anna3) March 19, 2014

3. Should public art be regulated?

A3: Yes and No. Art needs maintenance and protection too, so guidelines rather regulation could be useful? #citytalk

— Rashiq Fataar (@RashiqFataar) March 19, 2014

4. Does public art expose more people to art than the traditional viewing of art in a gallery?

A4 yes and it allows people to see it in a real life context rather than on a white wall – it allows you to engage with art better #CityTalk

— Future Lagos (@FutureLagos) March 19, 2014

5. Public art is often used to improve urban spaces. Which public art projects do you think have been most successful (or least!)?

A5 What about @FlixRobotico ‘s work? That’s pretty cool way of transforming the urban sphere http://t.co/XNdSF6PIWa#CityTalk

— Alejandro Echeverría (@thisbigcityes) March 19, 2014

6. What’s the future for art in the city?

RT @HumboldtJourney#CityTalk <A6> One suggestion could be to understand art as a mean for participation about the public and its topics.

— Rory Williams (@carbonsmart) March 19, 2014