Thanks for responding. These stories are hair raising. What do you think would be a solution? Shorter term exhibitions that then can be decommissioned elegantly? Required budget for maintenance? Whose responsibility is this? How do you manage (and your family!) platform change?
Interested to know....
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3. What makes a new media public art work fail?
In my experience - as someone who has made several major public art works, some dating back to the 1960ís - is that itís fairly easy to get big chunks of upfront money to commission a public artwork but very difficult to get recurrent funding to maintain them. This is a particular problem for non-static artworks and itís also true for most art projects not just ones in the public domain. I am full of respect for Changi Airportís policy in this regard - they have a number of extremely complex artworks that are rarely out of order:
http://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-experience/attractions-and-services/kinetic-rain.html ó this is just one of several.
My own worst experience is with the artwork pictured below. During the commissioning process the local council public artwork managers insisted that the building developers included a clause in the eventual building managers contract insisting they take out ongoing maintenance cover for the work. It now turns out that they didnít and the artwork has stopped working (after 5 years) with no plans to repair it. I am, of course, disappointed but thereís nothing I can do about it.
My partner Wendy Mills has made many public artworks that are now decommissioned or in storage like this one:
Ö and my son Daniel has similar experiences as for example with his Video Wall Installation for W Hotels
http://danielbrowns.com ó and scroll down or search for ďW Hotels" to view.
If youíd like to know more please get in touch.
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Paul Brown, Four Dragons, LED display, 1750 x 1750 mm, 2012
Art Management: Brecknock Consulting
The time-based version is here<http://www.paul-brown.com/GALLERY/TIMEBASE/fourdragons/index.html>
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