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?Public art excludes no media, materials, or process.  It can require years of planning, consultation and approval to develop, or it can occur spontaneously and unsanctioned.  It can be momentary or lasting.  It can at once excavate the past and envision the future.  With a broadening of the conception of public, it can happen at almost any time, with anyone, and virtually anywhere?even in galleries and museums and other private settings.  Public art is always art.?

Patricia C. Phillips

Public art is not the grinding, arduous discovery of a common denominator that absolutely everyone will understand and endorse.  It actually assists in identification of individuals and groups and what separates them, so that agreement on a common purpose is an impassioned deliberation rather than a thoughtless resignation

Patricia C. Phillips

from Public Constructions in Mapping the Terrain; New Genre Public Art, ed Suzanne Lacy, pp69. Bay Press, Seattle, Washington, 1995.

Patricia C. Phillips is professor of art at Cornell State University of New York, and was former editor-in-chief of Art Journal.

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Commission Call, Colaiste Ghlor na Mara, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

25 May 2017

Application deadline: Thursday 6 July, 12 noon Coláiste Ghlór na Mara is an Irish language multi-denominational secondary school, located in a state...read this blog...

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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.

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