Public Art

Saint Petersburg is known for it's murals but less so for it's public art. The difference is striking because murals are mean to attract the attention of drivers and passerby with a huge picture that strives to enhance an otherwise urban building facade. The scale and subject matter stand out immediately. On the other hand, public art is generally less obvious and more intimate in scale. It often is an example of an artist's other work.

While walking downtown last week I came across a beautiful work by Nathan Beard. It was an extension of his personal work and translated beautifully into a space not normally used to view art. Nathan took one of his paintings and had a wrap printed that would adhere to this electrical housing box found along side of Williams Park.  

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Nathan creates the patterns by meticulously taping his canvas and then painting on the open areas. By re-creating this process, he layers different paintings together almost in a woven manner. For more information, Nathan has a blog on this site under the Young Artist Grants and has detailed his process.

 This detail of Beard's work shows several layers used to create his patterns.

This detail of Beard's work shows several layers used to create his patterns.

I imagine that this wrapped work will last for awhile but that it exemplifies another quality often associated with public art that is not meant to be monumental or last indefinitely. Enjoy it while you can!