douglas KORNFELD


Public Art is a message in a bottle. In one hundred years the works we commission today will be what informs our children about who we were and what we wanted as our legacy. Great Public Art is timeless. It speaks to us now but will still be relevant to those who experience it in the future.

The purpose of Public Art is NOT to decorate a building or site – that is the role of an architect or designer. Design is a creative, functional solution to a practical, definitive problem. Public Art is not practical and rarely functional. Public Art must inspire and transport us beyond our immediate needs. An artwork must challenge us with questions not soothe us with simple answers. Public art must be more than mere decorative embellishment, it must have poetry.

My art focuses on the signs and symbols our society uses to communicate. Symbols that are a reflection of our cultural values, our attitudes and our beliefs. Early icons portrayed the intangible, demonstrated power, and inspired awe. My work seeks to return cultural symbols to their rightful place as touchstones of wonder and power, as focal points that inspire civic discourse and explore our collective yearning for creative achievement, individuality, and community.

Link to DeCordova Sculpture Park commission - Ozymandiaz Link to BCA bathroom installation - Who are You? Link to Wuxi, China project - Sinking Man Reclining Woman Link to Indiana State University project - Runner Link to St Petersburg Florida project - Face the Jury project Link to School of Mines project - Gordian Knot Link to Denver project - Meeting of Minds Link to Denver project - Welcome! Link to Brickbottom installation - Warning Signs
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