and speaking of good writing / reading this piece and interview with the Biennial’s Laurie Peake by David Lloyd guest-blogging for the Biennial is also very interesting.

I like the last bit in particular…

Why are you, and the Biennial, so passionate about the role of art in the public realm?

There is a sad and seemingly growing tendency for people to abdicate responsibility for the public space around them, littering is an obvious symptom of this.  Art in the public domain and the process of developing it focuses the mind and activity on the value of space. It has a long but invisible tail. The city is only what we make it, and can only be the best it can, if everyone concerned is the best they can be.  Every single project we have embarked on here has convinced me that people only need to be given the chance.