1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm

Edited By Cameron Cartiere, Leon Tan Copyright 2021
    392 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    392 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This multidisciplinary companion offers a comprehensive overview of the global arena of public art.

    It is organised around four distinct topics: activation, social justice, memory and identity, and ecology, with a final chapter mapping significant works of public and social practice art around the world between 2008 and 2018. The thematic approach brings into view similarities and differences in the recent globalisation of public art practices, while the multidisciplinary emphasis allows for a consideration of the complex outcomes and consequences of such practices, as they engage different disciplines and communities and affect a diversity of audiences beyond the existing 'art world'. The book will highlight an international selection of artist projects that illustrate the themes.

    This book will be of interest to scholars in contemporary art, art history, urban studies, and museum studies.

    PART I: Introduction

    1. Expanding Our Collective Imagination Through Public Art and Social Practice

    Cameron Cartiere and Leon Tan

    PART II: Activation

    2. Towards a Public of ‘the Otherwise’

    Meenakshi Thirukode

    3. Japan’s Rural Art Festivals: The Echigo-Tsumari Paradigm

    Justin Jesty

    4. Shaking the Snow Globe and Changing the City

    Melissa Laing

    5. Political Art and Metaphoric Exchange

    Steven Cottingham

    6. Gardens and Grains: Design Activations in the Public Realm

    Gretchen Coombs

    7. ACT: Activating City Transience

    Maggie McCormick

    PART III: Social Justice

    8. Art as Protest: The Forced Eviction of the Shijhou and Sa’owac Urban Indigenous Tribes in Taiwan

    Lu Pei-Yi

    9. Participation Problematises: Together in Violence

    Anthony Schrag

    10. As If: An Embodied Account

    Beatrice Catanzaro

    11. Quiet Gestures, Gift Exchange, and Public Formations: The Work of D.A.N.C.E. Art Club and Public Share

    Lana Lopesi

    12. Surviving Institutionalised Care: Accessibility as Social Practice

    Carmen Papalia

    PART IV: Memory and Identity

    13. Suspended Memory: Ebbs and Flows in Attempts at Memorialising in Post-Apartheid South Africa

    Jay Pather

    14. The Double Act of Flower Time

    Raqs Media Collective

    15. (In)famous: Contemporary Lessons from History’s Heroes

    Jennifer Wingate

    16. Public Art, Cultural Identity, and the River of Oblivion

    José Quaresma

    17. Luanda’s Emotional Geography

    Fabio Vanin

    18. The Imaginary Institution of Place: Notes on Art-led Place-Making as Aesthetic, Social, and Temporal Engineering

    Giusy Checola

    19. The Battle of Public Sculptures: On Three Sculptures in Hong Kong

    Oscar Ho Hing-Kay

    20. Public Art, Gentrification, and the Preservation of Black and BrownUrban Identity: The Case of Little Haiti, Miami – an Interview with Muralist Serge Toussaint

    Martin Zebracki

    PART V: Ecology

    21. Digging in the World: Art and Emergent Forms for Living

    Susanne Cockrell

    22. Landscape, Eco-Arts Practice, and Digital Technology in the Public Art Realm

    Laura Lee Coles

    23. Changing Space

    Lesia Prokopenko

    24. Ensemble Practices

    Iain Biggs

    25. Public Art Visions and Possibilities: From the View of a Practising Artist

    Betsy Damon

    26. A Compass Rose for the Anthropocene: New Maps for Old – the Art of Transforming Cultures for Sustainable Futures

    Beth Carruthers

    27. In the Time of Art with Policy: The Practice of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison Alongside Global Environmental Policy Since the 1970s

    Chris Fremantle, Anne Douglas, and Dave Pritchard

    28. The Harrisons’ Practice in the Context of Global Environmental Policy and Politics from the 1960s to 2019: A Timeline

    Chris Fremantle, Anne Douglas, and Dave Pritchard

    PART VI: Mapping Social Change

    29. Mapping Art in the Public Realm 2008–2018

    Cameron Cartiere, Leon Tan, and Elisha Masemann (map design, Geoff Campbell)


    Cameron Cartiere is a creative practitioner, writer, and researcher focused on public art, urban renewal, and environmental issues. She is co-editor of The Everyday Practice of Public Art (with Martin Zebracki) and The Practice of Public Art (with Shelly Willis).

    Leon Tan is an arts, culture, design, and mental health consultant and educator, whose research focuses on cultural expression and the public realm. Dr Tan is an associate professor of design and contemporary arts at Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.