To have an artwork installed in a public place requires a great deal of courage. If you place art in a gallery most people will never see it, and if people dislike it then they will simply shrug and move on.
Art from Expo '88 is still highly represented in the city
However when art is located in a public place then not only will everyone be confronted with it, they will also react far more vocally. Overtime artworks may come to represent a place, a time or a culture.
A rather controversial purchase
Tell me about some of your favourite public artworks around Brisbane. Do you think any of them will come to represent the city or the place where they are installed?
This fish represents Chinatown to me more than the Chinese gate
Or are there artworks that you really hate and consider a waste of good money that could be spent on something else?
This is not exactly how I imagined Venus to look when she rose from the waters
Oh, and I nearly forgot. The spheres outside the Brisbane Square Library always remind me of the metal scraps container we used to have in the corner of sink at home when I was a kid. There's a great list of public art in Brisbane on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_public_art_in_Brisbane
I don't much like The World Turns (the upside down elephant at GOMA) - definitely a waste of public money, but I do like Kurilpa Bridge, which is an innovative and award winning pedestrian bridge. It is worth walking over at night when the LED lights are a glow.