Winter 2009

Vol 1, Issue 1

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The Dark Madonna

WELCOME to Public Art Dialogue (PAD), an organization devoted to public art. Our membership includes art historians, artists, curators, administrators, architects, landscape architects, and others engaged with the wide arc that public art encompasses. Our goal is to provide platforms for dialogue amongst public art professionals and students across disciplines.

Los Angeles (L.A.) has a rich legacy of public art, ranging from municipal civic projects and corporate sculpture to folk art, murals, and graffiti. L.A.'s public art reflects the city's geography of criss-crossing freeways, urban sprawl, and hidden neighborhoods. To tour L.A.'s public art sites is to view official and unofficial visual markers of the city's history. Many of the art sites are purposely geared toward freeway drivers while others are for public transit riders and the walking urban traveler.

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Art and the City: Civic Imagination and Cultural Authority in Los Angeles
by Sarah Schrank