So far with public art, we’ve focused on highly visible locations, but it’s also important for art to meet us in our everyday lives. Some cities, like New York, often market their neighborhoods by their access to art. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as the house in the featured image or as stiff as art gallery’s can be. At a smaller scale, art can be tucked into spaces only neighborhoods can provide.
Intersections and Street Space: Reclaiming some of the largest landuse spaces (streets) in the neighborhood – for art – can have profound impacts on everything from traffic calming to creating cohesive identities.
Micro-Galleries: These small spaces, either temporary or permanent, can bring the curated experience of the art gallery to neighborhoods in very accessible ways.
Street Furniture: Reclaiming ubiquitous objects to serve dual roles, an interesting mix of form and function.
Forgotten Spaces: We pass countless chain-link fences in our lives, barely serving the barrier purpose for which they were erected, forever dooming our spaces to anti-aesthetic utilitarianism. Death by utility aesthetic is no way to treat our neighborhoods.
Small Installations: We’ve already seen how unifying art like this can be in South Bend. I challenge everyone reading this to find those spaces in your neighborhood or district, where art can make all the difference in how we perceive where we live.