Public art as an agent of neighborhood identity and cultural expression: Lessons from Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood
Hadley, Bryan A.
MetadataShow full item record
At the core of this paper is an interpretation of public art in one neighborhood, Chicago's Pilsen, as a case study and resource in support the objectives of Chicago's Cultural Plan, renewed in 2012. The major contribution of this paper is the creation of a photographic inventory of public art in Pilsen, which provides a basis upon which to explore how the cultural output of a given place contributes to its identity -- both in terms of how it is perceived by residents of the neighborhood and outside visitors-- and what that means for planners and policymakers. With the creation of a photographic inventory as a resource to aid in making sometimes difficult choices, unfolds possibilities of developing a non-monetary metric for assessing the relative value or efficacy of an investment in a public arts project; ensuring that a work of art will be contextually fitting and culturally appropriate for its chosen site; and overcoming the dilemma of selecting a work of art that effectively encapsulates current social dynamics or one that makes a permanent contribution to the historical trajectory of a neighborhood.