Using public beaches as his canvas and rakes as his brushes, Andres Amador creates large-scale artworks that explore nature’s geometry — and life’s impermanence.
What do you believe is the role of public spaces? Public spaces can be physical (ie., a park, a beach, a bus) or virtual (ie., Tumblr, Second Life, Instagram). What is a public space that you find inspires creativity, reflection, or even social action? How might you express yourself publicly in that space?
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Thinking More about Public Spaces
Makers have long recognized the potential for public spaces to inspire interaction, contemplation, and even social action. Artists, engineers, musicians, landscape architects, dancers — creative people across mediums have chosen open and accessible spaces to express their own unique vision and to invite wide public interaction with their creations. Some notable examples would be artists who want people to see familiar landmarks in new ways, such as Olek who covers public monuments and spaces with massive crochet art pieces, or Amy Franchesini, who works collaboratively with other artists and activists in the Futurefarmers collective to re-image public spaces and spark dialogue and exchange. Other examples include open source software pioneers such as Eric S. Raymond, who co-founded the Open Source Initiative and wrote the groundbreaking book The Cathedral and the Bazaar, calling for users of software to be treated as co-developers, and providing them with free access to code to collaboratively create virtual spaces. Young dancers in places like the Turf Dancers in the Bay Area and New York city have made headlines recently by using public trains as their preferred platform for dance performance, sparking controversy as some public officials claim they are breaking the law and have prohibited the practice.
The use of public spaces can sometimes invite tension, as they are resources shared by so many people, often with differing perspectives (an example would be this debate over the use of a public soccer field in San Francisco). But the creative use of public spaces can also inspire collaboration, and a sense of community. As one of today’s most celebrated street artists Shepard Fairey wrote: “Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, sharing what you believe in with other people.”