The May 2012 issue of Juxtapoz is our special examination on the state of Public Art in 2012. We have spent over a year discussing the topic of community sevice and Public Art programs with festival organizers, politicians in the US and abroad, and artists about their experiences developing Public Art initiatives and bodies of work, and how their experiences can be blueprints for other artists and cities to follow to better communities around the world. This issue is what we learned.
For this special occasion, we published 4 covers of the May 2012 issue, featuring works from Swoon, JR, ESPO, and El Mac. All can be found on newsstands around the world.
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We spoke with JR, Swoon, Steve "Espo" Powers, Saber, Revok, as well as the organizers of FAME Festival and Nuart about their experiences working in the Public arena, and what they see as progressive ways to organize and develop Public Art programs that work for both cities and communities alike. Ron English, El Mac, and the organizers of See No Evil, Outer Spaces, Living Walls, as well as organizers in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo discuss in their own voice the different initiatives they have been apart of over the year. Consider this a crash course in developing your own community art project.
Last but not least, we write an Open Letter to the mayor of a major American city, to outline an inexpensive, but what we see as an effective way to generate revenue for a cash strapped local government. We traveled, we ask questions, we traveled some more, we asked more questions, and then asked our favorite public artists to discuss their experiences, and we brought it together in a comprehensive blueprint for cities to follow. We all know this: Public Art, street art, graffiti, has popularity that far exceeds any politicians predictions or tourist board's facts and figures. It is a movement created by people who care, followed by a fanbase that will travel across the world to document and see with their own eyes. We do it, you do it... its time to really look at new ways to fill our cities. Hopefully, this issue creates a new discussion...
Saber & Revok:
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