Public Art - A Mixed VocabularyThe following concepts are commonly used to describepublic art. The descriptions are contested, mostly at the margins, and quite subjective; but they will help you categorize and discuss what you find appealing about different types of public art
Public Art - A Mixed VocabularySite integrated: Integrated into the construction of a facility, usually through design team processSite specific: Designed for a specific location but can be detached if necessaryPortable Works: Paintings, prints, photographs, glass, ceramic, small sculptures that are displayed throughout city facilitiesTemporary Art: Short-term artwork, often tied programmatically to the work or mission of an event or organization.Installation Art: Site specific art that temporarily transforms a space.
Public Art - A Mixed VocabularyGateways: Creating a sense of arrival.Transit/wayfinding: Providing orientation for travelers.Murals: Part of a town-enhancement strategy.Performance Art: Interdisciplinary performance mostly unscripted and usually presented only one timePlacemaker Art: Defines a community gathering placeStreet Furniture: Benches, Streetlights, hatch covers/pavement, gates and fences, wall decoration
Public Art - A Mixed VocabularyThink about these concepts as you view the following examples of public art from around the world
Myrtle Edwards Park, Michael HeizerAdjacent, Against, Upon, 1976 Seattle Art Museum, Jonathan Borofsky, Hammering Man, 1991 Tilikum Place Park, James Wehn, Chief Seattle Fountain, 1909