Hi Artists - I am really excited about next week’s intense workshop on public art and look forward to working with you all. The format will be relaxed and informal as that’s how I like to work and it will be fun otherwise, why bother. For the past 20+ years I have been commissioning public art - first with the NYC’s Percent for Art Program then the MTA’s Arts for Transit Program and now on my own as a consultant on a global scale, and in my opinion, about 80 – 85% of the public art out there is mediocre at best. Why is that? I will be the first to admit that I am guilty of putting some of the doozies out there but I’ve learned and I keep learning.
You are all artists – and some of you have delved into the public art world and some of you have not. To best serve you, I want to know what you are hoping to get out of this four-day workshop and I will do my best to provide it. You will no doubt come out of this exhausted and with a better understanding of what is involved in being a public art artist.
We will communicate through this blog because I want this process to be transparent and open and welcome comments from the general public. Keep an eye out for the homework – yes, there will be homework.