Public Art

These interviews can range from controversies in public art, architecture, urban planning and dialogues in public art. All the four are some of the examples of interviews in public art. It ranges from artists with different artistic skills such as from an artist who designs a house to an artist who mainly deals with architecture among others. Thus Tom’s essay provides an overview of changing attitudes towards the city as a wide site to public art.

According to Rick Lowe’s interview, the project of row houses was established in the early 1993’s and it’s an arts and cultural center that is located in the neighborhood of Houston area. The houses are neatly renovated and this was under the inspiration of an African-American artist known as Dr. John Biggers. His painting gave the shotgun-structured houses a decent outlook. The houses also combined the elements of low income housing, community service among others. Thus neighborhood was stressed popular to the residents living there. Some of the houses were dedicated to art and photography as they were renovated frequently. To add to the project row houses, Lowe has also worked as a guest artist as regards the community projects. For instance, he has taken part in designing libraries, museums and projects in the community. Thus with his wonderful art works, Lowe has been able to achieve many honors including the 2000 American institute of architecture keystone, the 2002 Heinz award among others.

Assata Shakur has been living in Cuba after escaping from prison where she was serving a life imprisonment. She was a member of the Black Panther and from that she joined the Black Liberation army and that is why she was the target of the law. In the streets of New York City, Assata had engaged herself in many violent activities and she was lucky to have survived nearly most of them. She had been wounded also and recovered but still she gets herself involved in robbery attacks and violence. This idea of the Black Liberation army got to its roots from the conditions the people were living in. They include the conditions of poverty, indecent housing, unemployment of which made Assata involves herself into the criminal activity, poor medical care and no education. Thus these people were fighting for the rights that they were denied, and that’s why all these criminal activities were affecting them. Assata’s interview mainly addresses the issues that their city was faced with.

The two discussed above differ from what the authors have written such that shakur and Lowe mainly address the issues on our living. For instance Lowe, the founder of project of row houses talks of his houses being much pocket friendly and shakur on the other hand focuses on the issues that affected their society. Shakur’s interview reflected much on Lowe’s as it was able to bring out the reality that even though the houses were affordable , there were also many other problems they faced other than this. The other authors are different from Lowe and Shakur’s interview. They had different approaches of public art. For instance, Tim Murdoch dealt with flowers as his strong point as regards art. His interview mainly focused on tidal flowers. It was a public art project that was installed in October. In his interview, Tim describes what made her go with flowers by saying that it was the passion he had. As he frequently moved in ocean banks he noticed a garbage patch and oil spilt on it forming a flower shape. From that, is where he finally got that passion of defining the flower. In conclusion, the other authors have different views as it regards public art.

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