Public art serves a high purpose. It can be fun, the spark for conversation, a cause for quiet reflection or all of the above. Sometimes it’s a decorative feature hidden away waiting to be noticed. Sometimes it’s loud and huge in an in-your-face way. It’s always a matter of individual taste and opinion.
Forever Marilyn – Seward Johnson
This larger than life statue was temporarily located on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago in 2011-2012. It is currently living in Palm Springs, California. As a piece of public art ‘she’ did her job well, attracting both praise and criticism.
Joshua Reynolds’ words
Above the entrance of the Franklin Building at 720 South Dearborn Street in the Printers Row district of Chicago is this quotation by 18th century English artist Joshua Reynolds. The building was designed in 1912 at the height of the art nouveau period.
The quotation also appears across the entrance of the perhaps more famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London in a very different style.
Unicyclist – South Bank in Brisbane – suspended work – artist unknown
Search – bronze – 1975 – J Seward Johnson Jr (the same Seward Johnson responsible for Marilyn) in Devonian Harbour Park, Vancouver.
Now that I look at this again, I guess the man sitting next to the sculpture was possibly searching too. 🙂
Bike rack – Chicago
Paint tube on light pole – Bayamo, Cuba – an town where many artists live