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Practical guides

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor, Millennium Park, Chicago. Photo: Justin Lightly/Photographer's Choice RF.

The Artist's Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions (2008)

Learn exactly how to build a career in the world of public art. Artists at every career level will discover tips for the best ways to find, apply for, and win public art commissions.

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Art Within Reach (1984) Educated about Public Art (2001) Changing Places: Children's Participation in Environmental Planning (1998) More practical guides


The Angel of the North, Gateshead, by Antony Gormley, 1998

Public Art Since 1950 (2006)

This beautifully illustrated book by Lynn F. Pearson reveals the history of postwar public art and provides a detailed guide to nearly two hundred of the most interesting and accessible works in United Kingdom

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Urban Avant-Gardes and Social Transformation: Art, Architecture and Change (2004) One Place After Another: Site-specific Art and Locational Identity (2004) Locus Solus: Site, Identity, Technology in Contemporary Art (2000) More critiques

Urban design

RUDI: Placemaking 2008, cover image (detail)

Placemaking (2008)

A synthesis of professional practice and case studies about better living environments. A review of the key issues and challenges placemaking professionals face at the beginning of 2008, with project examples showing how these have been innovatively approached.

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The Privatisation of Public Space (2006) Urban Regeneration: A Challenge for Public Art (1997) Advances in Art and Urban Futures Vol. III : Cultures and Settlements (2003) More urban design

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