Inevitable controversy?

June 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm Leave a comment

As public art becomes increasingly well documented (note, for example, the efforts of WSPA and Exit Through the Gift Shop), I have to wonder if its commission, perceived quality, and overall presence will ever become less controversial.

Last year, Flavor Pill posted a great overview of public art that’s recently hit New York City, including a decent start at practically breaking down how people qualify public art. The article features the current Event Horizon by Antony GormleyRichard Serra‘s notorious Tilted Arc, and more.

Cambridge, MA has also been blessed with a good amount of public art. Musical Fence by Paul Matisse may be one of the more well known controversies, though unlike Tilted Arc (which was sliced up and carted away in the night) Musical Fence was simply relocated to a sculpture park.

Do you happen to be in New York this weekend? Visit FIGMENT on Governor’s Island for a serious dose of possibly controversial, purely temporary, and highly participatory art. You can also read about how FIGMENT launched a Boston version of the event in Cambridge this past weekend.

June 5’s daily design idea is does controversy contribute to the ‘publicness’ of public art?

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Felix Morelo hits the spot. The mixed uses in DUMBO.

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