“Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.” – Victor Hugo
In honor of our nation’s independence day, WESTAF’s Public Art Archive posted an article showcasing 7 public artworks that celebrate freedom. The works range from historic prints to grand murals to massive sculptures. They depict the struggle for, the appreciation of, and the beauty that is our independence.
Here is a sneak peek:
- A historic series crafted by a beloved American painter that refers to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms State of the Union address.
- A 7,500-pound sculpture that features figurative representations of Oppression, Struggle, Sacrifice, Loss, Compassion, and Hope.
- A work that represents the flight of a bird from captivity to the freedom of the sky along with our need to remember freedom every day.
- A depiction of the values of our nation – a place where many nations came to find economic opportunity, secure hope for future generations, and above all, to enjoy freedom.
- A lost mural from the days of the U.S. Government’s Work Projects Administration, Federal Art Program (WPA/FAP).
- A group armed with 1930’s-style picket signs and 2000 flyers exercising their freedom of speech.
- A work crafted by the community that honors civil rights leaders.
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Interested in learning more about our nation’s public artworks? The Public Art Archive is a free, continually growing, online and mobile database of complete public artworks. It was launched in 2009 and now has over 10,000 public artworks.
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Are you a practicing public artist or want to complete your first project? Check out CaFÉ’s list of public art calls for entry to find opportunities across the country and around the world. Narrow your search by checking “Public Art” under Call Type.
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In honor of our country’s historic right to freedom of speech, continue speaking out for the support of the arts! NEA’s Advocacy Toolkit is a helpful resource that empowers us all to serve as champions for the arts. The Toolkit includes talking points, social media tools, and ways to find, contact and visit with your local representatives. Stay connected!
Author: Elyse McNiffKoglmeier