CHRIS FREMANTLE

The Essential Monument Pt. 1 | Public Art Scotland

Posted in CF Writing by chrisfremantle on February 24, 2013

First part of a report on The Essential Conference in Edinburgh,

“I feel uncomfortable with the term public art, because I’m not sure what it means. If it means what I think it does, then I don’t do it. I’m not crazy about categories.”  Barbara Kruger

Working artists and curators don’t tend to talk about monuments as part of the contemporary public art. Not sure they’d be considered essential. The recent conference, The Essential Monument, held at the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh (8th February 2013), proved everyone wrong. The provocation clearly worked.

Before talking about the conference I need to say that the new monument to Patrick Geddes installed in the Garden of Sandeman House is one of the finest pieces of sculpture I’ve seen in a long time.

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