You can get a good idea of the values a society prizes by observing its public art. From the iconic Statue of Liberty to ephemeral installations created for temporary communities like Burning Man; and the magnificent bronze Marcus Aurelius mounted upon his steed in Rome, the art facing outwards gives a powerful glimpse into the psyche of a community at a given moment in time. Unique in that its natural intention is to be accessible to all, public art brings together aesthetic beauty, and cultural interpretation and inspiration whilst uplifting urban landscapes. It can look down at you from a 30-metre plinth or divert your gaze to the street beneath your feet. It comes in realistic, abstract and digital forms which could be sculpted, painted, site-specific or juxtaposed against surroundings.
Laura Beaney, Mojeh, November 1, 2019