Works of art make a substantial contribution to cultural identification. When they are placed in a public place, this function is enhanced. However the artwork also acknowledges other tasks: it figuratively announces content in the traditional role, standing as the image of a ruler or at least serves as decoration, while in the Modern period they become increasingly space defining or shaping.
In this volume 500 projects are presented. Around 150 works document the history of this species of art. The development of contemporary art in public places during the last decades dominates Art in Public with about 350 examples. Succinct texts locating the work, the artist and the style, concentrate on what is special about the works and explain the effect they have every day on passers-by according to Paul Watzlawick’s axiom that “One can not not communicate“.
From the contents:
- Sphinx in Gizeh, Egypt, 2.700–2.600 bc.
- Trajan-column in Rome, Italy, 113
- Roland-Statue in Bremen, Germany 1404
- Albert Memorial in London, England, 1875 (George-Gilbert Scott)
- Citizens of Calais, France, 1889 (Auguste Rodin)
- The Endless Column in Târgu Jiu, Rumania, 1938 (Constantin Brâncusi)
- Broken Obelisk in Houston, USA, 1963 (Barnett Newman)
- Saurien in New York, USA 1975 (Alexander Calder)
- Sculpture Liverpool Street in London, England, 1987 (Richard Serra)
- Pre-Bell-Man in Frankfurt/Main, Germany 1990 (Nam June Paik)
- Human Structures, San Francisco, USA, 2008 (Jonathan Borofsky)
- Timeguards, Linz, Austria, 2010 (Manfred Kielnhofer)
- Light Cactuses, Gramastetten, Austria, 2010 (Christoph Luckeneder)