Art and the anxious city: Public art, public interest and the public good

Pedersen, Courtney Brook (2015) Art and the anxious city: Public art, public interest and the public good. Axon : Creative explorations, 5(1).

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While public art is often considered a key hallmark of a creative city, artworks in the public realm also have the capacity to act as lightening rods for social anxiety at times of perceived crisis. This paper considers recent debates about government-sponsored public art projects in Queensland in light of three international case studies: Rodin’s Thinker in Paris, Tilted Arc in New York and Vault in Melbourne. It considers whether consensus positions on public art are possible or desirable in light of issues of spatial control, and proposes that well-negotiated anxieties about public art may be an indicator of creative vibrancy and dynamism that will assist in the future understanding of Queensland’s experiment with government-mandated public art.

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ID Code: 82704
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Public art, taste, anxiety, policy, spatial control
ISSN: 1838-8973
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The author.
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2015 00:39
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2015 02:11

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