Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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The Power of Art

I really like how this article describes what purpose art can serve in a civic context. It illustrates our ideals for us so that, even if we aren't there yet, we know what direction to head. I think we need more art like this.

Actually, that would be another terrific idea for Obama's job-creation plan: commission inspirational murals for public buildings. It would employ artists, giving their work exposure, so that they'd be likely to find further contracts after the government ones are completed. It would make public spaces more colorful and engaging. And it would remind us where we should be heading.

Murals Depict Power Of Law And Justice
The Justice Department headquarters building has more than 50 murals on its walls. Painted during the Great Depression, they aimed to show how law and justice could improve lives.


What do you think public art is good for?
Tags: art, community, history
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