'The Dalston Mill', EXYZT, 15 July 2009 - 6 August 2009, Dalston, LB Hackney, London. Commissioned by Barbican Art Gallery. Photo by: Eliot Wyman. More info.
There may be many reasons and motivations for undertaking an art project as part of the public realm. A notion of place is often the basis for commissioning and producing an art project whether as an inspiration, issue or context. Some projects connect to place through a need to relate more meaningfully with a location and its community and influence its development and perception, others to raise an issue or response reflecting on a place.
At the heart of a project needs to be a commitment to creating an exemplary project as part of the experience of the public realm; this expectation leads other aims and aspirations and means that a project is more than the sum of its parts. Fundamentally, good art projects as part of the public realm are about challenging our expectations and preconceptions to raise debate and discussion. The excitement of commissioning is to undertake something different and unexpected.