What Makes Public Art?

Coomaraswamy Hall

There are many possible definitions of art in the public domain. As the term ‘public domain’ suggests, it is as much a question of space, as it is of the debates that are made possible in such a space. The porous and indeed contested relationship between the spaces of art and those of the public suggests that such spaces are as much crafted as found; that their ‘production’ is as much about the history of public interest as it is with the architectural processes that make such spaces possible.

Taking the cue from the project Meanings of Failed Action: Insurrection 1946, Mustansir Dalvi, Nancy Adajania, Vivan Sundaram and Ashish Rajadhyaksha discuss the question of public art as a matter of history, space and thought: at once immediate and spanning the longue duree.

Public Art