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Price of Public Art

Sat Sep 6, 2014, 7:00 PM

Across the world people seem blind to their surroundings, always fiddling on their phone or computer avoiding eye contact at all costs. Yet place a piece of public art in front of them and suddenly you will find a complete stranger asking your opinion. Public art takes up space in an urban environment, inviting us to notice it, it intervenes in our everyday routines and I like that. It breaks up the monotonous and sometimes oppressive nature of the working city life. I think such artistic creations – be they aesthetically beautiful, thought provoking, amusing or strange – are worthwhile. They have value -  but are they really worth the final dollar value.



Public art, by the nature of it is controversial. Personally I love to see sculptures and paintings when I walk down the street. It provides a new way to experience what could otherwise be a very bland landscape. However I am very aware of the often obscene price tags that comes with public art.  


The Australian government estimated they spend an average of $4000 a day on public art. This assumedly pays for commission, transportation, and installation. Arts Minister Joy Burch said just over $7.5million was spent for 109 works between 2007 and 20012 in Australia. It could be said this money would be better spent. It could be spent trying to aid problems in our society such as hunger, the homeless, poverty and government debts. It could go towards medical research or even our fixing roads. Basically I am saying there is a whole list of things this money could go towards, a lot of people that could really benefit from it.


    Public art does however contribute to the economy. President of the Public Art Fund in New York City, Susan K. Freedman said “York’s Waterfalls cost about $15.5 million; they brought in, according to the Public Art Fund, $69 million for the city”. Art attracts tourists and tourists bring money. There is a lot of art that isn’t really aimed at tourists. It’s often only seen by locals and a lot of this art isn’t taken well my local communities because its not “good art”. If an artist makes good art, people will pay them for it. I think in some cases the government is not funding the people that make good art, its funding people that cannot make art good enough to sell.


There is a very thin line between good and bad public art. I think “good” public art should reflect an understanding and appreciation of the community’s values and principals. It should be sympathetic to the environment it is to be placed in and it should make an impact on the viewer – if only for a short while.



Public art although subjective, is a huge part of what makes our cities interesting. It reaches people who don’t otherwise go to galleries. It encourages us to talk about it. It links us together not as communities but as human beings. It has value, and it’s a value worth more than the financial costs.

 In the end I don’t think it’s a case of helping people or having public art – I think it’s a case of having both. 

This journal is not meant to offend anyone it is simply a topic I found interesting and I thought worth discussing as it is relevant worldwide.  

:gcexcited: My life update::gcexcited: 

 I am sorry to say I have just done a bit of a boo boo and cut open my finger - nothing like stitches lol :) 

    For everyone with commissions I am working on them its just all in slow motion until I can more easily use my hand.  



If you are interested in a commission please contact me via a 'note' I would be honored to discus your thoughts.

Please keep in mind: I will not start a piece without first receiving payment (deposit or payment plan)

And I will not post the item to you until full agreed payment has been made.
I only use Paypal as it provides protection (money back insurance) for commissioners/buyers. 
Each OOAK art doll takes hours and hours for me to create, as a result prices start at $160au plus postage



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Have a most wonderful day! 
and enjoy a cup of tea


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Rhiannon Woolf
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
I am just a little Aussie girl who loves to be creative!
I’m a fully self taught artist who thoroughly enjoys the use of all mediums whether it be a computer, a camera, paints or clay!
All of my work is handcrafted from start to finish and comes purely from my own imagination.
My aim is to create semi realistic poseable mythical creatures and as I only started teaching myself how to make them a few months ago, I have a long way to go!.

It is my dream to one day make art my career and I know it is a silly big dream but if your going to dream, why not dream big :happybounce:

More info here: little-miss-woolf.deviantart.c…

© - all of my art is copyrighted under the Australian Copyright Act. Do not use without permission.

Have a marvelous day and god bless :tighthug:


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neopaganos Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional Filmographer
WOW! your work is great! i´ve been thinking of doing something similar for a stop motion short, but materials are hard to come by here in uruguay. loved your craft, you are very talented!
Meekability Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words on my gallery - I wish I had more to share and that I was a bit more where I want to be skill-wise. Soon! <3

Your sculptures are absolutely breathtaking. I will be watching you!!

TigaCub Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Artisan Crafter
You're gallery is so cute and fuzzy ^.^
annemisfit Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It's nice to hear lovely things once and a while.
Arkinine Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the compliment. Your art is absolutely stunning!
GiaDaytona Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I don't know why you said my art was so good your dolls and everything is amazing ;-; I wish I could do stuff like that ;-;
Pikarawrification Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow youre amazing~
little-miss-woolf Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
no, your amazing :excited: revamp... again. 
MaeyaSun Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you for the fave :))
little-miss-woolf Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
my pleasure! 
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