Published on November 24, 2014
Public art is intrinsically linked to the character of its public spaces. Public art can also test local perceptions: Is painting on the exterior of buildings creative expression or unwelcome graffiti? Are statues and displays worthwhile uses of limited funds, especially when communities are faced with difficult issues like poverty, joblessness, and failing schools? Such questions are important to consider as public art is increasingly valued by developers and community leaders alike for its power to build and brand neighborhoods, leverage existing assets and reveal future purpose.