The Practice of Public Art
Edited by Cameron Cartiere, Shelly Willis
Routledge – 2008 – 272 pages
Wide-ranging and timely, The Practice of Public Art brings together practicing artists, curators, activists, art writers, administrators, city planners, and educators from the United Kingdom and United States to offer differing perspectives on the many facets of the public art process. The Practice of Public Art examines the continual evolution of public art, from monuments and memorials to socially engaged public art practice. Topics include constructing new models for developing and commissioning public art works, understanding the challenges of public art vs. public design, and unraveling the relationships between public artists and the communities they serve. The Practice of Public Art offers a diverse perspective on the complex nature of public art in the twenty-first century.
"For university collections and other institutions, this important work is indispensable." Joni M. Palmer, Public Art Review
Section One: Out of Theory
Section Two: Into Practice
Section Three: Public Art History Timeline
Cameron Cartiere is a lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London in the department of Arts Policy & Management. She has lectured extensively on public art issues and contemporary art practice and is the co-author of The Manifesto of Possibilities, a guide for the commissioning of public art in urban environments.
Shelly Willis is the Director of the City of Sacramento Public Art Program. She has managed public art projects and programs for more than 20 years.