By creating a collection of public art, Dublin Arts Council’s Dublin Art in Public Places program’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for Dublin’s residents and to strengthen the city as a destination for visitors.
The collection includes both large and small visual artworks acquired through a variety of models in which Dublin Arts Council is actively engaged; including major gifting, committee-directed projects, calls for entries and jurying, on-loan programs with an acquisition component, interactive projects, contributions to the City’s interior collection and projects which define a community initiative. The collection is currently valued at $3.8 million.
The Dublin Art in Public Places program was begun in 1988 and has grown to more than 60 large and small-scale permanent, temporary and interactive public art projects today.
Dublin Arts Council maintains that public art should inspire an emotional response, provoke questions and invite interaction, while encouraging ingenuity and creative discovery by artists. The collection of public artworks distinguishes our community and creates a sense of place while contributing to Dublin’s aesthetic legacy.
Dublin Arts Council, in collaboration with City of Dublin adopted its first Public Art Master Plan in 2021. A copy can be downloaded here.
The role of public art in community — its importance and relevance
A message from Dublin Arts Council leaders
We believe public art is essential as it invites us to experience ourselves and our environment in new ways. Experiencing public art slows us down and provides a space for pause and contemplation. Public art awakens and hones our senses. As we come upon an artwork, we see, hear, and feel things anew. We observe, wonder, sense, and play with heightened humanity. This full-bodied engagement sparks our curiosity and can restore our connection and belonging to the places we inhabit.
We believe public artists are essential. The creative work of artists fuels our imagination and makes us more human. When we experience art in public places we enter into a dialogue with our local and global communities. We exchange reactions and opinions with others that may strengthen our connection, challenge our perspective, expand our understanding, or motivate us to action. Public art has the power to disrupt the status quo and reveal our biases and beliefs. It can open our minds and hearts to ponder our relationship to ourselves, others and the environment. Public art is civic engagement that demands curiosity and open-mindedness in public spaces for all.
The commission for M.L. “Red” Trabue Nature Reserve has provided an amazing opportunity for our community to work with world-renowned artist, Ilan Averbuch. We define community as those who live, work, visit, learn, and play in Dublin. Ilan’s work will provide a moment of discovery, a moment to see the world differently. As we walk the path and approach The Boat in the Field, we will bring our own beliefs, responses, and experiences in dialogue with others. We will be invited to wonder where we have been and where we are going – and perhaps just give pause to where we are in the moment.
Please stay with us during this transformative project to experience the power of art and the nuanced moments of discovery that await.
David S. Guion, Ph.D.
Ava Morgan, Ph.D.
Public Art Manager