Art and public space. A reflection on an attempt at "place making": the case of the Beyond Project

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Antonella Bruzzese
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/53 Language Italian
Pages 9 P. 30-38 File size 813 KB
DOI 10.3280/TR2010-053005
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This article considers the capacity of art to ‘activate’ public space. After first recognising different ways in which art exists in public space and analysing its meaning - as a place for depiction, as a space for making claims, as a privileged space of relationships to be (re)activated - the text revisits the Dutch Beyond initiative. The project followed the development of a new residential estate, part of the Vinex programme, on the outskirts of Utrecht for almost a decade. It proposed art initiatives and events with the aim of building new awareness, encouraging relationships and above all it anticipated uses and practices in a public space which had not yet been physically constructed. It demonstrated essentially how art has the potential to work as a complex "place making" tool.

Keywords: Art in public space; place making; Beyond project.

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Antonella Bruzzese, Arte e spazio pubblico. Una riflessione intorno ad un tentativo di "place making": il caso di Beyond project in "TERRITORIO" 53/2010, pp 30-38, DOI: 10.3280/TR2010-053005