There is sometimes nothing more rewarding and magical than discovering a hidden treasure. It could be the last slice of cake you already thought you ate, a secondhand book that changes your life, a new cozy café or even discovering a new friend where you never expected. PETITE PUBLIC ART aims to showcase these hidden treasures of the everyday. Small, intimate artworks hidden within the fabric of our often mundane city centre hope to bring a joyful smile into your day.
Part of You Are Here’s jam-packed program for 2012, Petite Public Art is curated by YAH co-producer Yolande Norris, who has been particularly inspired by the more discreet forms of public art. Small interventions such as flowers planted in the cracks of the pavements, or a Lego man diorama in a public toilet. Subtle yet surprising additions to the existing landscape, bringing a smile to anyone lucky enough to notice.
One intended outcome of this event is to demonstrate that public art doesn’t need to be large scale sculptural work in order to make an impression. The small and the discreet can have just as powerful an impact on the viewer. Particularly work which engages the pedestrian to think twice about what they are seeing. As at first some of these works appear to have been created by chance, but on closer inspection reveal themselves to have been carefully placed in the landscape of the city.
Petite Public Art fits nicely within the larger ethos of You Are Here; to encourage the audience, the passerby to open their eyes and look twice at what’s around them. To discover what you may have previously been unaware of, and to take the time to reflect and appreciate everything amazing Canberra has to offer.
Bringing together a wide range of artists, including Jacqui Bradley, Dan Stewart-Moore, Jess Kelly, Al Munro, Fiona Veikkanen, Adam Veikkanen, Natalie Mather, Tiffany Cole, Helani Laisk, Simon Scheuerle, Owen Lewis, Jon Webster and Dan Edwards (plus even more), Petite Public Art promises to be a surprising and diverse exploration through the Canberra CBD. Be on the lookout for tiny sculptures in flowerbeds, on signposts, under park benches and every other nook and cranny of the city you can think of.
Running for the duration of You Are Here, Petite Public Art will be officially opened at The Canberra Museum and Gallery on Friday March 9. CMAG will also be the launch pad for a walking tour of the city, courtesy of Petite Public Art. Pick up your map and get exploring. You will be rewarded with all kinds of unexpected treasures.
Official opening at 5.30pm on Friday March 9, Canberra Museum and Gallery. Petite Public Art will run from Thursday-Sunday March 8-18 around the CBD. Check out youareherecanberra.com.au for more details.