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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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Art, Space and the City - Public Art and Urban Futures (1997) The Creative City (1990) Urban Futures - Critical Commentaries on Shaping Cities (2002) More critiques

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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Making Places - Working with Art in the Public Realm (2001) Public Art and the Planning System and Process in England (2007) Being involved in school design: a guide for school communities, local authorities, funders and design and construction teams (2004) More practical guides

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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Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism (2008) What's art got to do with it? (2003) By Design - Urban Design in the Planning System: Towards Better Practice (2000) More urban design

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