Art is the place where ideas are expressed to the world, whereas design is informed by the audience; one goes out, the other comes in. Public art requires both design and art, it requires the expression of new ideas to an audience while keeping the needs of that audience in mind. This is not a compromise: it’s a different way of working.
Inspired early in my career by Martin Puryear and Anish Kapoor, I am keenly in touch with the skill of craftsmanship and the singularity of materials that creates a focus on form, an importance of the object itself outside of any narrative. Engaging the viewer with that “importance of the object” is my first goal when creating public art: the audience has to want to look at it. Their first reaction should be a desire to see more; to explore the work. There needs to be a “wow” factor in place to pull them in. Beyond that, the work has to reveal itself in layers rather than all at once. Public art has a varied audience; from the “wow” people that see it only once while rushing to a meeting, to people that see the same work each day and are afforded the opportunity to peel back the layers and experience the nuances of the piece. My work is for both audiences.