Together. The word literally means “to gather.” A scary thought these days. But that’s what makes public art public: people experiencing art together. All art wants to be seen, of course. It invites us to come and see it. But public art can’t wait. It comes to us. It seeks an audience to please or taunt or tease—together. It invites us to walk around it, or under it, to climb on it, to touch it. Together. It interacts with us and in the process dares us to interact with each other–again. Scary thought, yes, but a necessary one. True, we can treat each other inhumanly—just witness current news—but we also can’t be fully human without each other. So let’s listen to the message of public art and (cautiously) gather… Together.
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“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” ~Banksy
“Creativity takes courage.” ~Henri Matisse
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” ~Vincent van Gogh
“Everything you can imagine is real.” ~Pablo Picasso
“I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.” ~Lady Gaga
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~Edgar Degas