Does public art have provocative power? : LUSENET : Public Art : One Thread

Does public art have any real provocative power? Is anyone aware of an example of a piece of public art that caused change, or outrage, or protest? I'm looking for an example of art that really is in a public space where the public must confront it even if they care not to. Areas like public parks, streets, etc.

-- Michelle Karem (, March 18, 2002


I think Rodin's Burghers of Calais illicited some very emotional responses when it was first installed.

-- Bill Eubanks (, May 08, 2002.

Serra's "Tilted Arc" caused extreme controversy in 1981 and was taken down. Christo creates work in the public realm which confronts you, but is not confrontational.

-- sandra brown (, October 28, 2002.

I finished my dissertation in december last year which concentrated on artists work placed in advertising hoardings. I found this to cause more protest than provocative advertising campaigns(i.e benneton, etc..), partly because it was an individuals viewpoint rather than a corporate one. But i suppose that as with most advertising it is as likely to be ignored and taken in along with all the other everyday imagery we see in our streets , so doesnt necessarily make you confront it.

-- adrian pitt (, December 23, 2002.

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