( Hieronymus Bosch – ‘The Conjuror’, 1775 ). This workshop/enquiry…. Slides to explain the discussion question Interaction welcome throughout, for fun, but help me keep it rolling productively (Maybe write notes, for main discussion) Okay?. First….
Some slides to explain the question
Examples of unpopular public art
The City of Shreveport paid $40,000 for this depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King in what was supposed to be, a memorable image. It sat in a warehouse for over a year before the city had the nerve to install it. Finally, on January 25th, the Shreveport City Council voted to sell it for scrap. - www.arttrust.net/news/badart/
Examples of unpopular public art
The City of Shreveport paid $15,000 for this odd shaped planter full of rubble and weeds. The city's art-selectors called it a sculpture. www.arttrust.net/news/badart/
Although the bust of the Greek God Hermes is actually part of this entire statue, Praxiteles mastery of facial details and hair has made it one of the most revered and studied busts in the world of sculpture. To this day his skills in this arena remain unrivaled. www.statue.com/greek-god-hermes-bust.html
Music puts pigs into Hog Heaven (Bremen, Germany)
(Paris, France, from same website)
Water feature, Cuba Street Wellington
( Living statue, walking in Wanganui )
Urban Care competition pukeko, Palmerston North
Clock tower and balls, in “Square”, Palmerston North
People back Archibald judges
“The striking portrait of actor David Gulpilil that won this year's Archibald Prize yesterday also took out the People's Choice Award.
The portrait, by Sydney artist Craig Ruddy, was voted No.1 by more than 11,455 of the 60,133 visitors polled, Art Gallery of NSW director Edmund Capon said yesterday.”http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/06/1083635280200.html?from=storyrhs&oneclick=true
“People can vote on their favorite sculpture for the city of Sioux Falls to buy for its permanent collection by voting online or picking up a SculptureWalk guide at downtown businesses.
The deadline for voting on a sculpture for the city's permanent collection is Aug. 15.
Many of the SculptureWalk pieces are for sale, but potential buyers who bid must wait until the vote is finished to collect their artwork. The sculpture chosen by the public for purchase by the city will not be available.
At Leanin' Tree Museum
‘Sea Dream’ Sioux Falls
A photo exhibition by students in a Broadway St. shopping mall had a poll asking the public for opinions on each photo.
“There was a huge response to the People's Choice, with several thousand votes collected. The overwhelming favourite was Ruth Downes' work, an engaging sculpture comprising forty imaginative individual cups and saucers.“
“While developing my public artworks, I was exposed not only to the diversity of peoples' needs and aspirations, but also to their desire to belong in their community. I learnt the value of accessibility - that my sculptures should positively enliven and enrich our daily lives.
This sense of 'daily life' led me to look at the rituals in all our lives. Domestic paraphernalia has also absorbed and fascinated me, shared and familiar objects that could touch a diverse audience. It soon became apparent that the rituals surrounding tea offered a vibrant and cohesive”
Increased public enjoyment & satisfaction with public art
- Gathering, talking
- Spontaneous music, dance, romance
- Citizen pride
“Marriage carousel”, by Jürgen Weber (from 1541 poem, “My wife’ is heaven and hell, devil and angel, peace and strife.” Hans-Sachs-Brunnen)
- People meet/embark from the art site
- Becomes ‘woven into’ lives & minds
Downtown Toronto drummers
Kowloon Central Park, Sculpture Walk
(e.g. councillors, decision makers)
Widespread interest community
- Becomes arena for art acclaim/status
- Artists move into town
Mickey Mouse plague in public art community
Threat to existing installed art community
- Spread the net?
- Leave a tantalizing space to provoke endeavour?
- Interim-install the most favoured?
Chaos - artists all flee to Nelson community
Rigged/false voting community
Simple ballot box community(beside a sketch of the art, or the art itself, posed temporarily in place)
- Tel no. as ID,
- Vote yes/no or 1-10
Public competitions, for a known need (e.g. at four entrances to city)
Electronic poll beside art piece entrances to city)
Media publicity aspects entrances to city)
PNCC – possible strategies entrances to city)
Menlo Park Council forces businesses to fund public art painted by Boys and Girls club.http://www.almanacnews.com/morgue/2004/2004_04_07.mpart.shtml