Assessing the Sustainability of Public Art

26th April 2013

Louise Bourgeois's spider

Public art poses some interesting questions when it comes to environmental sustainability. What implication does the lifespan of the artwork have on its carbon footprint? Does creating the art on-site, rather than transporting it, significantly reduce environmental impact? What role does the community play in deciding the artistic approach?

Chrysalis Arts, an English public art company and development agency, has created an assessment tool for the sustainability of public art. Public Art Sustainability Assessment (PASA) is available free of charge to artists, commissioners and anyone else involved in the development, creation, maintenance and decommissioning of public art.

The assessment tool is an interactive checklist and covers five key areas of sustainability:

  • Artistic practice and approach
  • Project management
  • Community involvement
  • Environment and resources
  • Site and context

To find out more and to register, visit: http://www.pasaguidelines.org/. Users are asked to complete a basic form to access the tool and associated guidelines and case studies.

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