What is it about public art that sparks such passionate debate?
It usually begins with a generous impulse: to honor a prominent citizen, beautify the city, show respect for the importance of art in our lives. But the process of deciding just what art to put where frequently inspires strong disagreement – contention that, on reflection, has obvious roots.
Public art is meant to provoke, to enlighten, to provide new ways of seeing the world around us. To be successful, an artist must have freedom to create.
Public art: Who decides? — baltimoresun.com.
One can tell it is rocking with the wind by the slabs of ice floating on its surface – a translucent jigsaw puzzle that carries the chocolate bar wrappers, empty beer cans and plastic pop bottles that have become a familiar part of this sorry scenery.
This is the mouth of what Environment Canada has deemed one of the worst rivers in the country.
The 38-kilometre Don River has been hard at work since the city came into being. Mills and factories popped up along the riverbanks and were followed by petrochemical plants and other pollution-heavy industrial endeavours.
TheStar.com Ontario’s worst river trails garbage, sludge and toxins.
EDMONTON – Municipalities have asked the provincial government to give them more power to protect natural areas within their boundaries.
“We’re losing a lot of our natural areas — wetlands, tree stands, that sort of thing — and we don’t have the tools in the municipalities to protect them,” said Grant Pearsell, Edmonton’s natural areas co-ordinator and main author of the resolution.
Municipalities want power to preserve natural areas.