Saturday October 24, 2020

Monumental happenings: the politics of sculpture and public art

Sculpture Dublin aims to create new pieces of public art for the city and promote community engagement with the process. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire learns more, and hears why vandalism can sometimes be an act of public art

12th July, 2020
Karen Downey, programme director at Sculpture Dublin, believes there needs to be public engagement with the city’s art offering Picture: Naoise Culhane

When she wasn’t teaching at UCD’s School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Professor Paula Murphy spent much of her career giving talks to local community groups. Each time organisers would politely ask what topic she’d be addressing, “sculpture” was always her reply. And each time, the organisers said no thank you.

“They'd say no and I'd say, ‘Well, I'm coming to talk about sculpture or I'm...

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