Art that inspires place : creating investment in the common landscape
Gaffney, Margaret Elizabeth
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This research examines in what way public art can effect investment in place in Athens, Georgia. Primarily, place theory and the history of public art were studied in an effort to establish the relationship between the two. Then, three cities with similarities to Athens were investigated and critiqued as to whether their public art initiatives increased community investment in place. The study found that the use of public art in Athens would promote investment in place if it resulted from an effort established and maintained by a balanced cross section of the community. Additionally, suggestions were made regarding specific issues in this city which would be benefited by the expression and creation of dialogue that community based, public art could provide.