Can I touch this?

David, Melissa & Sloan, Mellini (2013) Can I touch this? In State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Research Network (SOACRN), Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, NSW, pp. 1-13.

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Building knowledge economies seems synonymous with re-imaging urban fabrics. Cities producing vibrant public realms are believed to have better success in distinguishing themselves within a highly competitive market. Many governments are heavily investing in cultural enhancements burgeoning distinctive cosmopolitan centers of which public art is emerging as a significant stakeholder. Brisbane’s goal to grow a knowledge-based economy similarly addresses public art. To stimulate engagement with public art Brisbane City Council has delivered an online public art catalogue and assembled three public art trails, with a fourth newly augmented. While many pieces along these trails are obviously public others question the term ‘public’ through an obscured milieu where a ‘look but don’t touch’ policy is subtly implied. This study investigates the interactional relationship between publics and public art, and in doing so, explores the concept of accessibility. This paper recommends that installations of sculpture within an emerging city should be considered in terms of economic output measured through the degree in which the public engages.

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ID Code: 64915
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: public art, cultural infrastructure investments, public interaction, cost effectiveness
ISBN: 1-74044-033-1
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2013 00:39
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 16:43

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