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Public Art Encounters

Art, Space and Identity, 1st Edition

Edited by Martin Zebracki, Joni M. Palmer


240 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Public art is produced and ‘lived’ within multiple, interlaced and contested political, economic, social and cultural-symbolic spheres. This lively collection is a mix of academic and practice-based writings that scrutinise conventional claims on the inclusiveness of public art practice. Contributions examine how various social differences, across class, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, ability and literacy, shape encounters with public art within the ambits of the design, regeneration and everyday experiences of public spaces. The chapters richly draw on case studies from the Global North and South, providing comprehensive insights into the experiences of encountering public art via a variety of scales and realms.

This book advances critical insights of how socially practised public arts articulate and cultivate geographies of social difference through the themes of power (the politics of encountering), affect (the embodied ways of encountering), and diversity (the inclusiveness of encountering). It will appeal to scholars, students and practitioners of cultural geography, the visual arts, urban studies, political studies and anthropology.

Table of Contents


1. On Encountering Public Art

Martin Zebracki and Joni M. Palmer


2. Subverting Surveillance: Power and Incivility in Public Transit Art

Martha Radice and Brenden Harvey

3. ‘Awaken the Dragon’: Participatory Art-making and the Grassroots in Authoritarian Singapore

Jason Luger

4. The Construction of Post-Communist Ideologies and Re-branding of Budapest: The Case Study of Statue Park Museum

Paul Clements

5. Sustainable Influences of Public Art: A View on Cultural Capital and Environmental Impact

Cameron Cartiere and Ashley Guindon



6. Shaping Subjects, Connecting Communities, Imagining Futures? Critically Investigating Play Your Place

Harriet Hawkins and Ruth Catlow

7. The Production of Temporary Public Space: Site-specific Installation and ‘Vital Materialities’

Gwen MacGregor

8. ‘All Your Drains Belong to Us’: Young People and the Non-Representational Geographies of Public Art in Drain Tunnels

Candice Boyd



9. Mobilising the ‘Right to Remain’ in Vancouver’s Paueru-gai: An Art-based Participatory Research Intervention

Aaron Franks, Jeff Masuda, Audrey Kobayashi and the Right to Remain Community Fair Team

10. The Art of (Re)crossing the Border: The Border Farm Project in Maroi, South Africa

Pauline Guinard

11. The Birmingham Surrealist Laboratory: Unlocking Community and the Avant-Garde in a Super-Diverse City

Saskia Warren and Stephen Forcer

12. A Cybergeography of Public Art Encounter: The Case of Rubber Duck

Martin Zebracki



13. An Artist-Geographer’s Lens

Andrew Gorman-Murray

About the Editors

Martin Zebracki is Lecturer in Critical Human Geography at the University of Leeds, UK. He has written and talked widely at the crossroads of public art, social engagement and (sexual) citizenship. Zebracki is the co-editor of The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion (with Cameron Cartiere).

Joni M. Palmer is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Community and Regional Planning Program at the University of New Mexico, USA. Her professional life has covered a blend of practice and academia across arts and cultural planning over the past 25 years.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography