Inspiring works of art in the public eye

Public art is created in reaction to particular places, and the people who inhabit them. The term “public art” appeared in the 1970s, when conceptual artists were sceptical of institutions. Steering away from the gallery and the studio, new modes of art-making prompted artists to be mindful of how their works interacted with audiences and environments. Fast-forward to the present, and many major contemporary artworks are installed outside of museum walls, right in public view.