Public Art

Art & Culture

The term ‘public art’ refers to the art forms that can be visually displayed and can be within the reach of the public, physically. Public art generally is characterized by figurative art that denotes paintings and sculptures in particular. The shape of the art is variant. For example, it can be in a form of a statue or some symbolic objects like a piece of shinning stone, etc. Public art conveys personal or impersonal concepts redeeming the commercial or mercantile values. This form of art bears aesthetic features in form of different concepts.


The process of commissioning public art can be performed in various ways. But the most common and traditional process of commissioning consists of two processes.



  • Under the supervision of the commissioner:


The commissioner is the nucleus to shape the project. The commissioner may be an individual or a group or a committee. Commissioner may be the State Authority or the local governing authority or an architect himself.



  • The artist or the creator: 


The artist or the creator is the person who constructs or shapes the figurative work. Commonly it is seen that a public art project is assigned to a professional artist as the creator.

But I think, the best way for commissioning a public art is to form a larger committee where Government officials, the representatives of the people belonging to the different eco-socio structure of the society should be included. As Private art conveys some messages, or some symbols, or some memorable incidents, so the piece of figurative art has to be the universal acceptability regarding its relevance and maintaining the sentiments of the viewers.

Regarding the budget of Public Art, it is difficult to form an appropriation and universally acceptation of the opinions. As the inhabitants of the city or the locality are the main sources of the government tax system, so the budget of spending on public art, especially figurative art is an important issue. But the budget, I, think, should be appropriate to the importance of the cultural value, the historical background, and the aesthetic value of the piece of art.

Public art should bear an appropriation of the subject matter, I think because bearing a specific subject matter the piece of art can be acceptable to most of the viewers. The piece of figurative art also needs a comprehendible language or expression or display system so that not only the local people but also the foreign visitors can understand the importance and the relevance of that public art. Public art should have a universal appeal to all the visitors to make them understand the importance of the values that have been conveyed to them through that Piece of public art.



Inequality in Art


If we closely look at the data of the past few decades, we find that the world of the functional-art has a scar of gender inequality. And the victims of this functional-art world of art are female artists. In the U.S.A and in entire Europe the participation of the women artist is little to the number of male artists. One of the most important reasons behind this is the confinement and the fencing-situation of the women regarding the work of art. The male-dominated social structures become a hindrance for the women to express their craftsmanship to take part in the field of art until the 1870s. Differences in gallery representation; the cultural biases of art interpretation; the cliché́ of the art world ‘bad boy’, the sexism of aging, the imbalanced weight of parenthood, the proportion of curators, collectors, and gallery representatives who are female; and the lack of assertiveness among female artists have all been proposed.


Work Cited:


  • Basa, L., Jacob, M., & Hoffman, B. The artist’s guide to public art.


  • Cartiere, C., & Willis, S. (2009). The practice of public art. New York: Routledge.

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