Art in the city # 1
In the words of Peter Sellars, director of the Los Angeles Festival: “There is no meaning, either in art or in society, without participation”.
What is the purpose of public art in our cities? I often find myself asking this question to artists, planners, curators and street artists. Needless to say, each of these groups of people has distinct opinions on the subject. Art is the physical manifestation of creative forces that we humans have in order to express ourselves in a non-linear and non-conventional way. Art is usually subjective and provocative. Art is a way for people to articulate abstractions and communicate ideas concisely, or leave them up to interpretation. I’m interested in the role that art plays as a place maker, as well as its role in changing society and instilling communal identity. According to Sellars’ conditioned definition of art and society, its suitable to say that there is effective art and ineffective art. The latter definition applies to the type of art that lacks to engage people and speak to them directly.