The other day I came across a story about the composer Gioacchino Rossini. When he returned to his hometown after a long absence, he was greeted positively and with the good news that a statue of him would be installed within a fortnight. "In fact, we have raised an enormous amount of funds," an official said, "look, here's the podium for your statue!" Rossini walked up to the podium, touched it gently and, with a big smile, replied:
"Forget about the statue, dear people. Just give me the money and I will stand atop the podium."
With this, this week's questions.
1. Do you think art should be displayed in public? Please explain.
2. If you have a favourable piece of public art -- e.g. sculpture, statue, installation -- will you describe
2a Its artist, title, medium, location
2b Show us the image, if possible
2c Tell us why you like it.
3a. Listed below are two public works, one received numerous flames [and fame]; the other will be completed in early February in Central Park -
#1 Richard Serra (American, born 1939), TILTED ARC, 1981
Steel; Original Size: 12 ft x 120 ft x 2 1/2 in.;
construced in 1981 at 26 Federal Plaza in New York City;
removed in 1989.
TILTED ARC ( background information
) was commissioned by the General Services Administration's (a US federal agency established in the Kennedy era to commission artworks for public spaces) Art-In-Architecture Program. The installation was removed in 1989.
#2 THE GATES by Christo and Jeanne Claude
Project for Central Park, to be fully installed by early February, 2005
3b. What do you think about these installations?
4. Is there any public art that upsets you to some degree? Why?
I look forward to reading your posts.