This fascinating volume demonstrates how 73 contemporary artists from around the world respond to the challenge of creating “art in public space”. Numerous illustrations, most of them in color, let the reader to accompany the artists on their journey from the initial idea through each phase of creation to the final realization of the project. Extraordinarily diverse texts – for the most part written and compiled by the artists themselves – elucidate, explain, provide background information, and entertain in a memorable and engaging way.
An in-depth essay by the art historian Walter Grasskamp provides an introduction to the history and problematic of art in public space; a text by Daniel Buren calls into question the ability of twentieth century artists to work in public space and therewith for the public. Biographies and bibliographies on the artists and the theme round out the publication, making it the most up-to-date and comprehensive handbook on the international development of contemporary sculpture in an urban context.