Granite sculpture by Andrea
Wasserman & Team, Newport
What is public art? Wikipedia defines it as "works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the public domain, usually outside and accessible to all". We belive public art invigorates a location with a sense of place, beauty and aesthetic purpose, and can provide visitors with unique interactive experiences in civic spaces.
Why invest in public art? Places where obvious care has been given to aesthetics and design are more likely to be perceived and protected by communities for the public assets they truly are. A bridge with art on it, for example, or a park with art in it, will engender a greater sense of ownership by the people who experience them.
This "public value" is a crucial measurement of the health of a community. Every time art is installed in a public location, it is an investment in a community that says "this is a place worthy of living in and preserving".
This section of our website outlines the Vermont Arts Council's work in commissioning publicly viewable art throughout Vermont. It is organized in the following areas: