Magazine article Art Monthly

The Public Realm

Magazine article Art Monthly

The Public Realm

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Art in the Open is a new advocacy body, set up to advise on (but not consult on project manage) art in the public realm in London. It was launched in Terry Farrell's new Home Office building, with its large, colourful interventions from Liam Gillick. It comes under the wing of Open House, the architecture education organisation, which won the bid when ACE London invited expressions of interest in this area last year, having identified a need for an independent body. Art in the Open's first visible product is a substantial and well illustrated book, Open Space: Art in the public realm in London 1995-2005, edited by Jemima Montagu. Let's see if it can help local authorities, regeneration agencies, stakeholders, public and private developers (and also artists and architects, who do have to take the blame sometimes) build on the positive examples that are to be found in the publication. In the run-up to the Olympics, any help is needed. …

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