I was speaking to a friend in the development industry the other night and he revealed that he had a cool million to spend on public art for his development.
Sounds good right? But don’t think this money is a freebie from our local government. It comes right out of the developer’s pocket.
In fact, most people don’t realize that developers are required to put back millions of dollars into the infrastructure of a community – whether it’s sewage and drainage or roadways, parks, schools etc. And it is mandated that “a minimum of one percent of the gross construction cost of each significant development be contributed to public art.”
So my mind started racing with all the ideas and artists that I could recommend and all of sudden I received an email. This email showed a presentation by Wooster Collective and Faith47 from South Africa, via Design Indaba. It’s about street art around the world. After watching it, I felt the urge to graffiti my house, but thankfully, my rational mind took over and stopped me.
I challenged my friend to consider creating his public art by making it relevant and thought provoking rather than just an interesting art installation.
So grab a tea or coffee and prepare to be inspired:
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.