On good days, I look at art.
On bad days, I look at art.
It’s safe to assume, I look at art (all the time).
That said, I am one of those individuals that actually notices art in office buildings. For goodness sake, there’s a reason why it’s there! Might as well look at it, right? Then again, there is a specific reason for public and corporate art. The San Francisco Art Commission (SFAC) has an ordinance that states the appropriation for art enrichment as stated in San Francisco Administrative Code, Section 3.19.
Seeing John Balderssari‘s work at work was pretty amazing. However, the security guard thought my behavior was suspicious.
I hope it dawns on people that there’s a reason why art hangs in any office building. No, not only because it needs to be there but it serves as a reminder to cubicle dwelling folks that there’s more to work life than the stiff patterned carpet and antiseptic looking walls. Art needs to get in wherever it can fit in. Granted, some offices aren’t the most accessible places BUT there’s also the airport (SFO), Market Street, The Merchants Exchange Building, or hospitals (yes, I saw a Roy Lichtenstein in a hospital!!). Truthfully, art is not so out of reach as some may think. The SFAC has a public arts program that reaches out to the community, which is, certainly, worth a look.
I’m curious, where is the most unlikely place you’ve seen art? I would love to hear. 🙂