Summer 2017

Public art for public art’s sake

Public Art

By Scott King
Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio
Slimvolume, £18
Hardback, edition of 1000

Scott King’s Public Art blends fact and fiction, satire and speculation in a critique of the deployment of increasingly large works of contemporary art by the powerful (governments, corporations, the art-world establishment) in pursuit of their own agendas. King comes from a past life in magazine design (i-D and Sleazenation); his practice now occupies a hybrid space between design and art. In the book, he makes his case by presenting a few modest proposals for public artworks of his own.


Cover for Scott King’s Public Art designed by Scott King and Fraser Muggeridge studio using a photograph by David Gill.
Top: Illustration from Scott King’s Public Art by Will Henry.



Peter Buwert, design ethics, researcher, educator, Edinburgh

Read the full version in Eye no. 94 vol. 24, 2017


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