Monday, May 25, 2009

Little fugly things add up

I would like to suggest reading the blog posted Monday, the 25th at http://theurbanophile.blogspot.com/ entitled "A Crisis of Values". Urbanophile writes about the ugly and dysfunctional storm drains recently installed in downtown Indianapolis. The city now has bumps at several intersections.

Is this an area of aesthetic the local arts community should be involved? When government agencies make choices that adversely affect the rhythm and visual nature of our urban environment should we take a stand? Should members of the art community be involved with engineers during planning stages?

We want a voice and to be heard with respect. Is this a field where artists can contribute to the quality of life for our community? There are lots of little things that individual government departments don't see as part of the whole scene. Visual artists should be able to help specialized professionals see the bigger picture. Artists of other disciplines should be able to relate their talents to create a healthier and successful civic future.

After reading Urbanophile's blog, replying with your opinions and comments would be welcomed.

2 Responses to “Little fugly things add up”

JC said...
May 28, 2009 at 9:13 PM

I don't think we should have t rely on artists to have basic design principles be considered as a part of engineering and urban planning decisions. Such considerations should be ingrained into those processes.


ArtistDan said...
May 29, 2009 at 10:13 AM

"...should be..." are the operative words. But what about when the engineering and urban planning fail to come together and we get stuck with bad design?


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