Ruth Barker

Statement of the Obligations and Non-Obligations of Public Art

2007

 

 

Public Art has no obligation to be art

Public Art has no obligation to be anything other than art

 

Public Art has no obligation to be never before seen

Public Art has no obligation to be familiar

 

Public Art has no obligation to be for an elite

Public Art has no obligation to be for all

 

Public Art has no obligation to be for sale

Public Art has no obligation to be for free

 

Public Art has no obligation to be liked

Public Art has no obligation to be controversial

 

Public Art has no obligation to be present

Public Art has no obligation to be invisible

 

Public Art has no obligation to be contemporary

Public Art has no obligation to be traditional

 

Public Art has no obligation to be there

Public Art has no obligation to be here

 

Public Art has no obligation to be unrepresented

Public Art has no obligation to be documented

 

Public Art has no obligation to be worthy

Public Art has no obligation to be confrontational

 

Public Art has no obligation to be ethical

Public Art has no obligation to be corrupt

 

Public Art has no obligation to be stupid

Public Art has no obligation to be clever

 

Public Art has no obligation to be outside

Public Art has no obligation to be inside

 

Public Art has no obligation to be such a joke

Public Art has no obligation to be so serious

 

Public Art has no obligation to be forever

Public Art has no obligation to be temporary

 

Public Art has no obligation to be useful

Public Art has no obligation to be useless

 

Public Art has no obligation to be vandalism

Public Art has no obligation to increase the value of private property

 

Public Art has no obligation to be ugly

Public Art has no obligation to be beautiful

 

Public Art has no obligation to be public

Public Art has no obligation to be private

 

Public Art has no obligation to be socialist

Public Art has no obligation to be conservative

 

Public Art has no obligation to be conceptual

Public Art has no obligation to be formal

 

Public Art has no obligation to be vindictive

Public Art has no obligation to be supportive

 

Public Art has no obligation to be moral

Public Art has no obligation to be abhorrent

 

Public Art has no obligation to be egalitarian

Public Art has no obligation to be feudal

 

Public Art has no obligation to be nasty

Public Art has no obligation to be nice

 

Public Art has no obligation to be discrete

Public Art has no obligation to be flagrant

 

Public Art has no obligation to be pleasant

Public Art has no obligation to be a pile of piss

 

Public Art has no obligation to be easy to understand

Public Art has no obligation to be self-referential

 

Public Art has an obligation to be art

Public Art has an obligation to be everything other than art