I have worked on a number of Public Art Projects around Britain. Please visit the Public Art Gallery to view these projects.
Making Public Art is a very different process to working with an individual client, as Public Art Projects will always have several different groups of people to satisfy. There will be "a client" (for example Redrow Homes or Sainsbury's) there will be the public to consider and consult - those who will have to live with the final sculpture - and there will also be Local Authority involvement such as planning and highways departments, and inevitably lots of paperwork regarding risk assessments and method statements. It can be challenging to satisfy everyone in a committee (or in several committees) but it can be a very rewarding process when things go smoothly, and when at the end of the process the work is installed and appreciated.
The term Public Art is a somewhat ambiguous one and here is a definition from a well-known online encyclopedia:
"The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that has been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. The term is especially significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a particular working practice, often with implications of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration. The term is sometimes also applied to include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings."