Expanding Our Collective Imagination Through Public Art and Social Practice

Authored by: Cameron Cartiere , Leon Tan

The Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138325302
eBook ISBN: 9780429450471
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With climate change, political upheaval, and mass migration the challenges of the day, what is the role of art in the public realm in the twenty-first century? What is the function of the artist, designer, art historian, or creative activist today, as we grapple for solutions to our environmental, social, and economic ills? Is it to find new solutions? To offer different paths and/or ways of seeing? To bring together groups of people who might not normally find themselves in the same place? To give hope? And to what end? Is this the moment to forego waiting for political will to address these challenges and instead rely on our societal will to make positive change happen?

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