Hi! I am Clare! I am an Oakland resident, originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Public art is one of my passions. I believe that public art has unique capacity to unite communities. My interest in public art originated when I visited the MuseumsQuartier
in Vienna, Austria. It’s an amazing public space that combines the 18th century Baroque architecture of former Austrian court stables with modern museums built within a courtyard, and concrete furniture known as Enzis
(check out the awesome images on Google
) that are arranged and rearranged to create interactive spaces. It is this fluid and unifying environment where visitors are as much a part of the work of art as the physical.
In the summer before I graduated from college, I interned in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, where I was able to study Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain
in Millennium Park and how members of the public interacted with the work and each other. The city of Chicago is a great example of how public art can be used to untie the community.
My senior dissertation, Billboards as Activism: The Public Art of AIDS and Loss, considered how public art served as the ideal medium for a discourse on the AIDS epidemic spreading throughout the world during the 1980’s and 1990’s. To learn more about my research, please see my Linkedin
profile and feel free to connect with me!
I am a member of the ChimeSF
team for the Market Street Prototype Festival. I hope you will take some time to check out our website. You can also follow the progress on our project on Facebook