Public art is essentially a spatial question. This asks what is spatial about public amidst the increasingly fragmented ideas of space and public(s) that occupy differentiated but parallel trans-local and trans-global positions. Art can bring a visibility to the conditions at hand both far away and up close. For the artist working in public is about developing a thought. Turning that thought into action or thinking in action, at some point some kind of form will emerge and bring a visibility that thought process. The challenge is how do we make this radical?
Mick O?Kelly is an artist. He lectures in Fine Art Sculpture in NCAD. It is currently doing a PhD with Interface at the University of Ulster Northern Ireland.
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.