what does this d.i.y. mean?

Techinically d.i.y. stands for Do It Yourself, but thats not an accurate term.

I thought it would be helpful to further define what I am focused on regarding public art (in terms of what I am addressing on this site). This is well visualized by the work of the artists listed on the right side. I think that temporary, ephemeral or performative are all terms that could be applied.

Cloud Gate - Anish Kapoor
Cloud Gate - Anish Kapoor

This kind of work is not work like Anish Kapoor‘s Cloud Gate at Millenium Park in Chicago (a.k.a. the bean) or the ill fated Tilted Arc by Richard Serra. The most recognizable projects in the genre would be works like that of Christo & Jean-Claude (The Gates, Wrapped Reichstag), Olafur Eliasson‘s The Waterfalls (love ’em or hate ’em), Jenny Holzer‘s For the City or Roxy Paine‘s Conjoined. Even though these works definitely fit within the genre, I will be focussing more on projects that may not have massive budgets, underwriters or producers (most of these works had one or more in that list).

Jenny Holzer For the City
Jenny Holzer For the City

This is not to say that the information is *not* applicable to more traditional public art, most of it definitely is. And the focus may shift over time as my own work moves towards some longer lived public artworks. (Working on some proposals now).

Images courtesy of (top to bottom): Conlawprof (Flickr Creative Commons), and Creative Time

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