Objects in Mirror

Considering public art

Posted at 4:04 PM on July 15, 2009 by Julia Schrenkler

Today's Question wonders, when, if ever, is public art a good use of taxpayers' money? One answer in particular has me thinking, as posted by Daniel:

Public Art is a cultural necessity of any great city. Art has the ability to put a face to a city, and draw people to it. Public Art is able to represent a cities citizens and give them a shared sense of community. Cities with public art and parks that are well maintained are cleaner and safer places to live.

Do you believe this is true? Does public art change the way we relate to other individuals or display affinity to that same community?

Consider State of the Arts' category "We art Minnesota" in which you tell MPR about your favorite art in Minnesota. From playground equipment-turned-sculpture to an incredibly translucent jade plate, people identify with the art near them.

* Share the background on your favorite art for We art Minnesota

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