Public Art at the Boston Public Library. Distinguishing Greatness: Sue Doherty, Brockton High School, 2005. Private Art. What is Public Art?.
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Public Art at the Boston Public Library Distinguishing Greatness: Sue Doherty, Brockton High School, 2005
What is Public Art? “Permanent or temporary physical works of art visible to the general public, whether part of a building or free-standing. For example, sculpture, lighting effects, street furniture, paving, railings and signs.” UK: Government Planning Portal
What is the purpose of public art? “Public Art enhances the quality of life by helping to define and formulate responses to social, economic, cultural and political issues faced by a community. Public Art contributes to cross-cultural understanding, and a sense of ownership and responsibility towards one's community. In its broadest definition, Public Art inspires community understanding, pride and creativity, and benefits the growth and development of the individual and community life. At its best, Public Art is more than simply art integrated, installed or performed in a public place; rather it is a community-based process of dialogue, involvement, and participation. In many instances, Public Art has become a major source of identity for a community.” California Arts Council
Much public art is in the form of monuments and memorials A Monument is a statue, building, or other edifice created to commemorate (memorialize, honor) a person or event. A memorial is an object served as a memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event. This memorial in England lists the names of soldiers who died in the First World War. The "Monument to the Discoveries" in Lisbon, Portugal, commemorates famous Portuguese explorers.
Purposes of monuments and memorials • To commemorate a person or event • To impress and awe • To convey historical and political information about a culture • To educate the people • To define a public space
Murals and large paintings are another popular form of public art. A mural is a painting on a wall, ceiling, or other large permanent surface. A mural can be purely aesthetic (pleasing to look at) or serve a broader commemorative, inspirational, educational, political, or other purpose.
Public Art at the BPL • Predominantly sculpture, statues, and murals. • Based on an “American Renaissance” concept: “a collaborative of the ablest architects, painters, and sculptors achieving a harmony of the arts in an edifice proclaiming native pride and the public elevation of taste.” • McKim personally selected and commissioned famous, recognized artists of the time to complete some works for the library; other works were donated. • The mission of the library as a place of learning and inspiration is evident in much of the art work. • Some of the work became quite controversial.
The Puvis De Chavannes Murals, 1893-1896Main Panel: Les Muses Inspiratrices Acclament Le Genie, Messager de Luimiere
The Puvis De Chavannes Murals, Smaller Panels • Physics • Pastoral, Dramatic, & Epic Poetry • History, Astronomy, & Philosophy • Chemistry
Banned in Boston, 1896 She’s “a menace to the Commonwealth!” And “a memorial to the worst type of harlotry!”
North, West, and East Walls, 1895 Israelites Oppressed Frieze of Prophets
South WallDogma of the Redemption, 1903 • Trinity • Crucifix • Frieze of Angels