Dreaming Forward/Soñando by Alex Paul Loza. 2018. ArtsBuild Collection, Chattanooga, TN. Photo courtesy Alex Paul Loza.
What is the Public Art Archive?
The Public Art Archive is a totally free, continually growing, online and mobile database of completed public artworks;
free to contribute to and interact with from your desktop, tablet or mobile device;
- managed by a team of specialists from the public art and collection management fields;
- copyright holders retain their rights for any data and media that the Archive displays;
- uses standardized vocabularies to describe artworks in a consistent manner;
- integrated with Google Maps to support mapping features for virtual or on foot exploration;
- searchable with filters that aid in research and education.
What is the Purpose?
- gather documentation about public artworks into one central repository;
- provide opportunities to inform diverse audiences about the breadth and depth of what constitutes public art today;
- support best practices in cataloging public art;
- raise awareness about the value of public art;
- showcase the diversity of public artwork types and functions;
- provide a digital platform for sustained engagement with public art;
- encourage on foot exploration of public art;
- preserve the history of our public spaces.
- the work must be publicly viewable;
- the work must be sanctioned, commissioned, placed, or displayed through an official acquisition process.
If the eligibility of a work of art is in question, contact the Public Art Archive team.