Public Art

9/11 Memorial (Detail)

Public art, especially when it is of monumental character, provides an immediate impact. Free and accessible at all times to all people from all walks of life makes it one of the most democratic art forms.  Furthermore, a monument, which extends beyond the telling of a past event, has the power to influence and unite people in a way that other artistic mediums cannot. When public art carries a strong message, it has the power to affect a collective norm. It may broaden people’s thinking to be more inclusive, and as such it has the capacity to bring on a meaningful change.