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Six Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is Public Art?
2. Why have Public Art?
3. Where can I see Public Art?
4. Who are the Public Artists?
5. How is Public Art created?
6. What are current Statistics of Public Art/Artists?

1. WHAT IS PUBLIC ART?

Artworks located in public places and facilities and paid for by county funds constitute public art. The citizens of Broward County own more than 216 works of art acquired since 1976.

Located throughout the county, the artwork includes outdoor and indoor sculptures of various materials, paintings, murals, tile designs, architectural elements, paver designs, neon/fiber-optic designs, landscape and sound art.

Public art can come in any form that incorporates artistic design, including such unlikely elements as tree grates, bus stop benches and retaining walls.

Broward County's Public Art and Design Ordinance 95-20, enacted in 1995, allocates two percent of eligible construction costs from county capital improvement projects for design services and the creation of art, and its long term maintenance.

In the creation of new public art, every effort is made to integrate the artistic amenities into the mission of the facility where it resides and to include historical and community needs and perceptions into the design.

2. WHY HAVE PUBLIC ART?  

Ft. Lauderdale Airport Sculpture -by David Lee BrownPublic art enhances the urban design and improves the visual environment for all residents. Public spaces enriched with public art are more welcoming and pleasing for residents and visitors.

Public art strengthens civic identity and boosts community pride. Residents, newcomers, visitors and tourists appreciate the livability and beauty that public art adds to shared spaces where they work, visit, commute and recreate.

Public art initiates community dialogue.

Public art advances the missions of the county departments where they reside.

Public art memorializes the past, expresses shared values and concerns for the future. Public art created through a public process in the context of a time and location by its nature becomes a historical record of the community.
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3. WHERE CAN I SEE PUBLIC ART? 

Public art is found throughout Broward County along roadways, in county libraries, parks, courthouses, and many other facilities.

In the terminals at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, public art welcomes passengers and announces they have arrived in Broward County. The Broward County ordinance allows for broad applicability to many public improvement projects from roads and parks to streetscapes.

4. WHO ARE THE PUBLIC ARTISTS? 

Artists, both local and from around the country, create public art in Broward County. Some artists such as Duane Hanson, Martha Schwartz, and Jody Pinto have international reputations.

For each project an initial Call to Artists is put forth. An artist is selected from the pool of qualified applicants by a committee comprised of design professionals and community representatives.

Program staff at the Broward Cultural Public Art and Design Program administrate the artist selection process and oversee the commissioned projects through the research, design, fabrication and installation of the completed art work.

5. HOW IS PUBLIC ART CREATED? 

Equestian Oasis -by Richard MedlockPublic Art and Design is a dynamic program within the Cultural Division of Broward County. Artists are contracted by the county at the same time as capital project architects allowing them to fully participate as members of the project design team and to assure the integration of artistic elements into the project.

Artists meet with community representatives and conduct research into the historical, environmental and cultural history of the project location before beginning the design. Artists work with architects, engineers, community representatives and county administrators in a collaborative effort. Attention is given to the durability of materials and maintenance requirements of all proposed artwork.

Project time frames vary and project budgets vary. The Broward County ordinance allows for the pooling of funds for high impact projects and for non-county private and public partnerships.

6. WHAT ARE CURRENT STATISTICS OF PUBLIC ART/ARTISTS? 

  Artist Title Artwork
Broward 100 124
S. Florida 37 43
Florida 10 17
National 74 79
International 4 3
Total 225 246
Notes

35 artists have multiple titled artworks
1 titled artwork (photography) has 90 components
11 two artists/teams; each team created 1 titled artwork

Public Art Links

CAN -Community Arts Network:http://www.communityarts.net/

Americans for the Arts:http://www.americansforthearts.org/

Public Art Magazine -Forecast Public Art:  http://www.forecastpublicart.org/

Public Art on Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_art