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December 2003 Vol.22 No.10
A publication of the International Sculpture Center

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From the Editor

Though public art seems more prominent than ever in today’s urban landscape, these are uncertain times for art in public places. The dearth of critical attention that has always plagued the field continues to be a problem. In tough economic times for local governments, there is a reluctance to spend money for sometimes controversial artworks, and many prominent sculptors are having difficulty placing their works or initiating new projects. One established sculptor recently complained to me that he has not been able to realize a large-scale sculpture in years, because the commissioning dollars have dried up for all but a few artists. Controversy is a continuing difficulty with many new projects, and maintenance issues have raised the possibility of the destruction of works that are already out there as well-established elements of public space. The interests of commissioning agencies are often at odds with those of artists. The upcoming battles over the future of public art are to be fought not only in the aesthetic realm, but also in the political, social, and even engineering arenas.

~ Glenn Harper

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