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Public art needs support of public

By Lu Ching-fu 呂清夫

To obtain art that is both sublime and caters to the tastes of the general public requires listening to both sides of the argument, so two opinion polls should be conducted: one aimed at the public, the other at experts.

Artwork in fine art museums should be sublime, while public art should cater to the public.

The ministry could take the lead and create a questionnaire for use throughout the nation.

When conducting workshops for local governments, this questionnaire could be used as part of the teaching materials so that the one thing participants remember is not that they can hire consultants to do all the work for them.

Workshops for review committees are also needed, as not everyone necessarily understands that public art is intended to bring about reform. During workshops, the ministry’s vision and approach could be explained in detail, just as a member on a university evaluation committee must be given an explanation and receive a certificate before they are allowed to take up their position.

In the 21 years since public art installations were introduced in Taiwan in 1998, 4,200 pieces have been installed at a cost of NT$7.5 billion.

If no inventory is made of these installations, we will not know how far we have gotten from “ugly.” That is not the way to treat the taxpayers who have paid for this art with their hard work.

Lu Ching-fu is a professor in Fu Jen Catholic University’s applied arts department.

Translated by Perry Svensson

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