Public Art: Issues and Controversy


This course runs for the first term. It is a15 point taught course. The course examines the politics and process around modern and contemporary public art and monuments, predominantly sculpture. Topics include: the challenges of public space, patronage, issues of nationalism and cultural identity, memorialisation (for example war and Holocaust memorials) and the urban environment. Issues and controversies around international case studies and local practice are studied in relation to works such as Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North, The Fourth Plinth and the Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park. Examples of public art are considered in relation to theories of place and space.

The course focuses on the theory of public art and on international case studies.

Restricted against Arthist 706A

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for [ARTHIST  719]

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.



Availability 2024

Not taught in 2024




ARTHIST 719: 15 points