Can Public Artwork Assist in Remembering, Memorializing and Honoring Events, Heroes and Icons?

By Salvatore M. Di Mauro.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

The presentation will use the Q150 Mosaic Project completed in 2009 as a case study to highlight how remote and often culturally diverse communities can come together to celebrate difference and at the same time unite using the public art project as the catalyst.

It will discuss the process used to gather information and how local councils were encouraged to seek out the creative thinkers within their communities, and how they in turn gathered together like-minded creative artists to collaboratively respond to place past and future.

The project was completed over a period of about twelve months and involved 73 communities from 73 shires from all over the state of Queensland Australia. The project was intended to encourage communities to look into their past, thoughtfully analyze where they had come from and question their values. From this body of reference they were able to isolate events heroes and icons and make value judgments about their future. Their research manifest as a collection of over 150 panels (individual artworks) covering an area of about 45 square meters.

Keywords: Events, Heroes, Icons, Visions, Remembering, Honoring, Memorializing, Community Values, Consultation, Public Art, Linking Communities

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.39-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.906MB).

Salvatore M. Di Mauro

Senior Lecturer, Department Design, School Queensland College of Art, Faculty Arts Law and Education, Griffith University Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Di Mauros’ approach to art and design is one of investigating, discovering, analysing and materialising those cultural values, which are built on a strong sense of history and shaped to support a contemporary lifestyle Since the 1980s, his art and design practice has been informed by the relationship between vernacular culture, object and environment. Since 1997, he has focused less on the exhibition of his artwork in a gallery context and more in working with local communities to develop public artwork which responds to the history and culture of place. He finds the opportunity to work with communities and creative thinkers/artists/crafts persons/designers and local industry, both challenging and rewarding.

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