One way to create room for art in public places is trough replacing regular forms with artistic ones. Public space is full of structures that could be replaced with unique solutions designed together with public space design professionals and contemporary artists.

I've put together this collection using photos I've taken of ordinary surroundings in my home city, and juxtaposing them works I've found online. I've chosen to list the forms in four categories, roughly depending on how freely they can be modified trough artistic intervention, while still maintaining their functionality.  Here they are:


Containers

- these protect something from weather. The surfaces can be modified, while still maintaining the protective function.

Above: my photos taken in Tampere, Finland.  Below: Ideas for artistic intervention to these forms - photos from left to right: Forward Wire Cloth / MIxko / Yasser Jamani / Unknown


Frames, racks, rests

- these protect something from collisions or provide support. The forms can be relatively freely rethought, as long as they still serve their purpose.

Above: my photos taken in Tampere, Finland.  Below: Ideas for artistic intervention to these forms - photos from left to right: Graham Foster / Unknown / Eric Powell / Risto Luoma


Bollards, benches and banks

- Concrete or stone built forms to sit on or to divide different areas. Can be relatively freely designed, provided the materials used are strong enough.

Above: my photos taken in Tampere, Finland.  Below: Ideas for artistic intervention to these forms - photos from left to right: Studio Kimiis - Steven Beites & Christian Joakim  / Philippe Nigro for Pibamarmi / Thomas HeatherwickThomas Heatherwick 


Surfaces

- there's always some kind of paving on our streets, and differences in their prices are huge. In general, natural stone is expensive while concrete and asphalt are much cheaper. Artistic design can add quality to the surroundings even when there's not much money to be spent. 

Above: my photos taken in Tampere, Finland. Below: Ideas for artistic intervention to these forms - photos from left to right: UnknownYehrin Tong and Graphic Relief Ltd / Unknown / Unknown


I hope these comparisons help to illustrate, how rich in potential our public spaces really are, when it comes to integrating them with artistic quality.

P.S. I've done my best to credit the original designers, but was unable to find all of you, as some photos have wondered far from the original source.. If you recognize your work among the above, please let me know in the comments section - thank you!

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