Why Have Public Art?

What makes a beautiful city? When you consider other cities and why you may or may not have liked them, what images came to mind.

You may think of pastel homes lining the waterfront in Charlestown SC or the Victorian homes surrounding Alamo Square in San Francisco. Rivers, hills, and lakes factor into the landscape of the beautiful and memorable cities like Seattle or San Antonia or Asheville.

Today, I’m considering the public art in our city as one of many factors that make our city unique. Maybe one thing is the public art. But why do cities use precious financial resources on outdoor art? Why do we want it?

Cleveland has an interesting diversity of art in many neighborhoods. I’ll let you answer the above questions for yourself as you consider:

The Infinity Pool outside the Glickman Tower at the Cleveland Clinic:

Why Have Public Art

The gate doors at the reading garden at the Cleveland Public Library on Superior:

Why Have Public Art

The Free Stamp at Willard Park downtown:

Why Have Public Art

Then there is the iconic Peace Arising from the Flames of War on the West Mall:

Why Have Public Art

There is more traditional art outside the Cleveland Museum of Art:

Why Have Public Art

In Asia Town, where we live, we have rotating art signifying the Chinese year. This is the year of the snake:

 Why Have Public Art

 

 

What art have I forgotten? What are your favorite pieces of outdoor art in our region?