I like when other things are included into bigger pieces. There’s a horse and lamppost in Salford which is…well, it’s ok, but up close has lots of nice details to it, like being covered in local info and bits of industrial machinery - I like the little rail or tram track on its shoulder
This brilliant piece that was put on a roundabout in my hometown of Ashford and had to be removed for causing accidents as a result of it being absolutely wild to just sling a bunch of road signs near a road and expect them to not be treated as road signs…
Probably a million miles away but I did a zoom this week about the cement sculptures that used to be on top of Crystal Palace (and the more traditional marble ones at garden level - had some quite famous buyers, Bing Crosby I think was one of them). I took a screenshot of the Egyptian room which looked lush!
Yeah the thing with public art is that the councils think public means no accountability and often when they scrap it it’s done so irresponsibly, without the artist having a say, and without the public having a chance to intervene - usually, the public are treated like tiny little babies here anyway and we get told ‘this piece is going into storage for a while’ and they hope we won’t notice when it never reappears. I know its probably been melted down or whatever but I still email about a piece that was on Deansgate that went into temporary storage 20 years ago. But when it’s something like this it’s tricky and I think so much blame is put on the artist and how much it’s cost, without looking for ways to reengineer or just auction it off.