Each year millions in public and private funding are spent on public memorials and other public artworks.
But how effective are these works in engaging the public? This research group, supported through a 4-year ARC Future Fellowship and matching funding from RMIT, explores how people perceive and use public artworks once they are installed, and how well these objects connect to collective identity and memory and to the everyday use of their settings. Drawing on both local and international practice, the research focuses on how government policymakers, designers, civic groups, and the general public can best work together to produce urban spaces that are useful, beautiful and meaningful. The research involves ongoing collaboration with Professor Sue Anne Ware (RMIT Landscape Architecture), Professor Karen Franck (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA) and Professor Julia Lossau (University of Bremen, Germany).