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What is the role of public art? Should it tell the story of a place and its people, including possibly challenging us about these histories?

Do we want the art to be uniquely of our place, if so, what does this mean: is it the maker, the materials, the story, the artwork’s form – or all of these? Are we also open to the best the world offers – art for art’s sake? Professor Susan Luckman was invited to briefly explore this question in an opening essay (‘The Art of the Public’) in the City of Adelaide’s Public Art Discussion Paper, released February 2019.

Public Art Discussion Paper

Download the Public Art Discussion Paper (PDF, 2.6MB)