maiforpeace wrote:Nice to read your perspective, Amused.
Considering all the other pressing needs like infrastructure and public services that the city of Santa Cruz needs right now, I would put art as second when it comes to what I want my city spends money on. We're a nice sized city and our public pool was just reopened after three years due to lack of funds to maintain that. Not good for a city that resides on the coast. We are also surrounded by a lot of natural beauty and we've had to close a number of state parks for lack of money to maintain those.
But I'm all for it in times of more prosperity.
This is how I feel about it, as far as public art in relation to other services and infrastructure.
And of course like any art there are those that appeal to our aesthetic and those that look like shit.
One local example that is cumulatively impressive to me is the Sacramento Airport. Years ago when they built a new terminal they filled it with a number of art pieces, down to the carpet (showing an aerial view of the Sacramento River), hard floors, and window glass showing views from the river, as well as external sculptures.
This one, made of pieces of old lost luggage, is my fave:
Recently they built a large new terminal and did the same. Here's an article on that with pics of the art: http://www.squarecylinder.com/2011/10/s ... res-a-hit/
The tree chandelier thing is just gorgeous in person, probably my favourite of all the works.