Lulu Series: Cath Brunner
The Lulu Series: Cath Brunner
Public [Art] Works
Solid waste transfer stations, sewage treatment plants, storm water detention systems, highways and bridges are more than utility and infrastructure; these are also shared public spaces. Visual artists are joining teams that include transportation planners, engineers, scientists and ecologists to envision and build public infrastructure that transcends function to become an expression of our commitment to the environment, a long-term investment in place-making and unique, multi-purpose community assets. How do artists influence the design of public works?
In this presentation, Cath Brunner, Director of 4Culture’s public art program, will showcase some innovative examples of art where you least expect it, but where it may have the greatest potential to positively impact the public realm and civic dialog.
Cath brings over 25 years of experience as a built environment innovator. She is a strong advocate for the economic, social and environmental benefits of public art. 4Culture, King County Washington’s outstanding cultural development team, creates meaningful opportunities for artists to affect public policy, stimulate public debate and conversation, influence public resource management and shape the design of the public realm. As a pioneer in the public art ﬁeld, the organization has set a national standard for working in partnership with cities, design teams, developers and citizens to plan and commission artworks and large-scale integrated public art investments.
This talk will be preceded by a short performance by Johnny MacRae. Johnny was the 2010 Van Slam champion, 2011 Canadian Underground Indies champion, and a two-time Canadian Individual Poetry Slam finalist. In 2013, he was named Victoria Spoken Word Festival’s Poet of Honour. Since 2010, he has toured extensively across Canada and the United States. A strong believer that creative expression is self-empowering, Johnny offers poetry and performance workshops and has been bringing poetry to life for high school students around the Lower Mainland with WordPlay: Poetry in Schools.
More at johnnymacrae.com.