Does Public Art Matter?

Many people don’t know public art when they see it.
Stop for a second and picture the city of Paris. What immediately pops into your mind?
Is it the Eiffel Tower?
Public art.
The gorgeous fountains in Rome?
Public art.
The iconic lions at the entrance to New York City’s public library in Midtown Manhattan?
Again, Public Art.

Public art is what gives a city an identity. It cares not what your age is or what socio-economic group you identify with. It’s there to give residents and visitors alike a respite from the crazy, busy everyday world we live in.

Public Art Matters. It is not frivolous, or unnecessary. It’s the opposite.

Public Art gives us a glimpse outside ourselves, and at the same time, it reflects our common humanity. And that is something worth embracing.

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