Artwork community essay.

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This i s 2-3 page essay on an artwork. Please SURE TO BE VERY DECEPTIVE AND ANALYSIS!!


This is the picture you will be analyzing!!

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In this assignment you will explore a public artwork how does public art reflect, shape or

otherwise impact the environments in which it exists and the audiences that inhabit those environments?


In this assignment you will again study, analyze and write about a single artwork of your choosing. THERE IS A SLIGHT

CATCH: Everyone in the class must write about a different artwork.1 The reason for this requirement is that your submissions

will collectively become a class resource—a catalogue of public art in

That end product also dictates the tone and content of what you write. You are writing a guide-book-style entry about your

artwork. This “entry” should analyze the artwork (combining formal analysis with analyses of materials, style and

iconography, as applicable); it should explain and discuss the work’s location and the relationship between the site and the

artwork (what we call “site specificity”); and it should assess and explain the functions the artwork fulfills or the role it plays

in the community. (Roles and functions of public art are introduced in the section on Context, below.)

Please use good judgment when visiting your artwork. Most public art in the area is in safe and well-traveled locations.

However, the nature of public art is that it is available to everyone without controlled access. That is on the whole a great

thing. But be savvy. Be aware of your surroundings. Bring a friend. Don’t go at night. If something doesn’t look or feel right,

go back another time, or choose a different work.


Your submission should have three sections, organized exactly as described here. See “Art in the Community – Template”

(on Canvas / Files / Art in the Community) for a model layout.

Artwork info:

Basic information about the artwork should appear at the start of your entry using the following format:

Name of artist (if known; if there is no known artist, do not put anything)

Title of artwork (titles should be italicized)

Date of work (year only unless a more precise date is given)

Medium (ex: “bronze” or “enamel spray paint”)


You must include two (2) images:

  • One that shows an overview of the work in its environment.
  • One that shows a detail of the aspect of the work you think is most characteristic or important.
  • Each image should include a short caption explaining the photograph: What is it intended to show?
  • You need to take these images yourself. They do not have to be professional photographs; a phone camera is fine. The

    1 Claiming your artwork is the homework assignment due 10/8. This “sign up” will run through a Canvas discussion board. Artwork

    selections are first come, first served. The sooner you find your artwork, the better chance you can work on your first choice.

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    point of these two photographs is for you to engage closely with the artwork and its surroundings. The acts of framing the

    artwork to photograph it and selecting part of the work to highlight are part of your interpretation of the artwork.


    Your discussion of the artwork should be succinct, objective and specific. It should be 2 pages long, and should address the

    following issues/topics:

  • Introduce the artwork and its location
  • Give a brief, objective description of the work
  • Assess how the work relates to its location. How is it site specific? Consider different aspects of the work such as
  • (but not limited to) size, subject/content, symbolism and materials. (NOTE: Site specificity is not always obvious. It

    may take some creativity and/or some research to figure out how a work attempts to relate to its location.)

  • Identify the function(s) or role(s) of public art (see Context, below) the work fulfills. Explain how the artwork serves
  • or incorporates those functions. Your explanation should account for the work’s formal, material, iconographic and

    stylistic components, as well as its potential audiences.

  • Critically assess the work’s success as public art. This is not a question of whether or not you like the artwork, but the
  • extent to which you objectively think the work serves the critical functions of public art in the 21st century and if it

    impacts the community in a notable way.


    First things first: What is public art? For the purposes of this assignment, to qualify as “public art,” an artwork must be

    freely accessible and located somewhere with no barriers to access that invites a large, diverse and/or fluid audience. The

    artwork must also have been conceived to meet these criteria. For example:

  • A painting hanging in your local coffee shop does not count as public art for this assignment. Yes, it available to
  • the public and freely accessible, but it likely was not made for permanent display in that specific location.

  • A mural painted on the exterior wall of that coffee shop that shows a futuristic world of coffee-bean aliens does
  • count as public art because it is free, accessible to a varied audience, and demonstrates some kind of site


    Second, I’m asking you to identify and assess the function of your selected artwork as public art. So what roles and

    functions do public artworks fulfill? It depends somewhat on when the artwork was made. Public art has been produced for

    a very long time. In the ancient world, art in public spaces often honored the gods or commemorated heroic deeds. We

    don’t have any ancient public art around here, but if you pick a public artwork from the 19th or early 20th century, honor or

    commemoration of important events or individuals is a likely intended purpose. Most of you will probably study artworks

    from the later 20th or 21st century. In this time frame, public art is often linked to these functions:2

  • Urban beautification and development
  • Creating opportunities for “creative and critical engagement”
  • Activism and social protest
  • Inspiring social dialogue
  • Aiding cultural co-creation and collective participation
  • Express civic identity
  • Articulate community
  • Act as a visible generator for economic and building regeneration programs
  • Provide low cost visitor attractions
  • Decorate a city’s grand buildings or public plazas

    This assignment is foremost about looking closely, thinking critically and applying knowledge gained in the course to

    accurately describe and reasonably assess works of art. Research is not required. HOWEVER, if you do research any

    artworks or locations, you MUST document your sources with footnotes following Chicago Manual of Style guidelines. There

    are grade penalties for incorrect formatting and potential disciplinary actions for failing to cite sources.

    2 This list is adapted from Jeremy Hunt and Jonathan Vickery, “Public Art in the 21st Century,” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online,

    (June 2011)…. (accessed 21 Feb 2017).

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    Basic Info 5 4 3 1-2 0

  • All requested information known for the selected artwork is provided
  • Information provided is accurate
  • Information is formatted and presented as specified in the assignment
  • Artwork Images 5 3 0

  • The two required images of the artwork appear in the document following the basic artwork info
  • The two images show the aspects of the artwork (whole work and environment; selected detail) specified in the
  • assignment instructions

  • Images reflect and relate to what is written about the artwork in the text
  • Images of artwork and its environment are legible (they don’t have to be perfect, but everything is reasonably visible)
  • Format 5 4 3 1-2 0

  • Follows formatting outlined in assignment (basic artwork info followed by images followed by text)
  • Introduction 5 4 3 1-2 0

  • The text begins with a clear statement of what artwork is being analyzed.
  • That statement includes the basic information about the work such as its title, the artist, when it was made, and where it
  • is located.

    Description 9-10 8 7 6 0-5

  • Provide a short, objective description of the artwork and its location
  • The description conveys to the reader the artwork’s basic appearance and content, but does not yet analyze or
  • interpret them.

  • The description also conveys to the reader the key aspects of the artwork’s location, such as (but not limited to) if the
  • area is residential or commercial, or how much space within the environment the artwork occupies.



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  • Explains how the work is site specific
  • Discussion of site specificity includes (but is not necessarily limited to) the artwork’s subject or content, its materials, its
  • scale and its iconography

  • Identifies the likely audience(s) of the artwork and their relationships to the site
  • Function 18-20 16-17 14-15 12-13 0-11

  • Identifies the functions or roles of public art (according to the list provided in the “Contexts” section of the assignment)
  • the artwork fulfills (or intended to fulfill)

  • Addresses how the artwork incorporates or serves those functions
  • Links roles/functions to the work’s formal components, materials, subject/iconography, and audience(s)
  • Critical


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  • Considers all of the previously discussed aspects of the artwork to make a case for the work’s success or failure as
  • public art

    o Explains in what way(s) the work is successful in meeting certain functions associated with public art

    o Explains in what way(s) the work fails to meet certain functions associated with public art (if applicable)

  • Assesses the community relationship to the artwork, and if it impacts—or has the potential to impact—the community in
  • a notable way

    Conclusion 9-10 8-9 7-8 6-7 0-5

  • Briefly summarizes your assessment of the artwork
  • Leaves the reader with a clear understanding of the artwork…
  • o On its own

    o As part of a neighborhood or community

  • As an example of public art
  • Tone 5 4 3 1-2 0

  • Discussion about the artwork is objective and relates the artwork to a general audience
  • Discussion and assessment are not focused on personal opinion or experience
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