Public Art

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Came across this sculpture in a park in Lippstadt, Germany. Not quite sure what it is supposed to represent.

The plaque at the base didn’t help me either. It indicates the art is a friendly loan from a  fellow citizen, and then names the person. If I had one of these taking up space in my yard, maybe I would want to loan it to someone else too.

It isn’t that I don’t like it. I’m not sure if I do or don’t. But it is a little large and my yard is small. There wouldn’t be room for much else.

When you consider public art, it is an intriguing question as to how some art gets to be in the public sphere. Is it chosen by a civil servant? By a politician? A citizens’ committee? What criteria are applied? Who has the final say when there are differing opinions?

I know from previous visits to Lippstadt that this sculpture is also illuminated at night, though I don’t think I have taken pictures of it then. I must remember to do that next time.

 

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