Definition of public art


The Gold Coast City Council’s Cultural Development Public Art Policy defines the term ‘Public Art’  as, “a term that is applied to works created for specific public spaces, by artists, designers and other arts and craft workers, including collaborations with musicians, writers and other performing artists… public art is always site-specific, relating directly to its physical, historical and/or cultural environment.”

For the purposes of this documentation project I would like to add, ‘usually outside and accessible to all’.

From my point of view public art can include:

Water features, murals, monuments, memorials, sculpture, pavement art, street furniture, lighting, highway banners, manhole covers, windows, neon signs and other iconic signage, graffiti, guerilla art, sticker art, bridges, entrance ways, fencing, earthworks/land art, political art, and performance works.

Public artworks can be permanent, temporary, ephemeral, integral or freestanding, monumental or discrete, commissioned through funding programs, commercial schemes or initiated by artists.


About Suzette Sayer

As part of my role as heritage consultant I am constantly on the look out for iconic forms of design and architecture. My current project is a grass roots initiative to create a Mobile Museum that captures the stories of the Gold Coast through community interactions in temporary pop-up exhibitions. The project aims to be facilitated through the Hip! (Heritage in Paradise) Mobile, a vintage style tear drop caravan equipped with a recording studio, and room for exhibition materials. So join us on this journey of discovery and help us uncover HIP! Suzette Sayer

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