PUBLIC ART: FACTS
The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with
the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible
to all. The term is especially significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and
practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a particular working practice, often with implications of site
specificity, community involvement and collaboration. The term is sometimes also applied to include any
art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings.
In recent years, public art has increasingly begun to expand in scope and application — both into other
wider and challenging areas of artform, and also across a much broader range of what might be called
our 'public realm'. Such cultural interventions have often been realised in response to creatively engaging
a community's sense of 'place' or 'well-being' in society.
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