October 13, 2011

Even firefighters can have art


A couple of days ago, the Issaquah Press reported on a public art project at the newly-constructed fire station 72 in Issaquah, Washington. The artist, Perry Lynch, has a short blog devoted to the project,  too. It features photos of the actual station.

Under Issaquah city code, one-half of 1 percent of the initial $5 million in a project budget — plus one-quarter of 1 percent of the amount exceeding $5 million — is required to be used for public art.

Earlier this year, the Oklahoma legislature placed a three-year moratorium on the state's highly successful Art in Public Places program.

Check out this report from the Sustainable Cities Collective, Arts as Proven Economic Driver in Placemaking.

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A lot of people do not completley understand the term "public art." It's really rather simple. Here is a short definition from Public Art Around the World:

Public Art, by definition, is any works of art which are sited or displayed in the public domain, this usually means outside and accessible to all. Given that it is free and everyone can see it, it is surprising and ironic how so many sculptures, statues, murals or monuments go relatively unnoticed.