Art is many things to many people—it can be fantastic, fanciful, and phenomenal. And in public spaces like airports, universities, and transportation systems, it can also be functional—acting as both identifier and inspirer, or as
hallmark, benchmark, and landmark. The goal of the particular project
will inform the curating and commissioning process.
Wendy Feuer, assistant commissioner of urban design and art and wayfinding at the New York City Department of Transportation, has been working
to incorporate art into a variety public areas for over 30 years. Here she offers
guidelines for success on public and commercial art installations.
“Art offers different things in different contexts,” Feuer explained. “A
mass transit system is essentially a public living room or waiting space.
It adds value to the overall experience and feeling because you’re in a
controlled environment. It adds a personality.”
Feuer’s career began in Albany on art policy legislation and historic
preservation. While there, she volunteered to develop a project for New
York City’s MTA. In the 1980s, after reading about artwork in Paris’s
subway system, she was inspired to do something similar at home.
in 1993, the
result of a
faceted glass by
Schardt after the
This is located
on the 6 line at
station in the
LEFT TO RIGHT Faith
Home: Harlem Heroes
and Heroines” on the
2/3 line at Manhattan's
125th Street station.
at 9th and 10th and
Locust in Philadelphia.
of urban design,
offers tips for
sourcing art in
By Chris Curtland