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Beyond Granite: Global Approaches to Public Art, Placemaking, and National Commemoration

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 6:30pm

Duration: 1:37

Are permanent works of granite the best and only way to pay tribute to America's most significant people and events? Or might temporary public art installations prove to be powerful alternatives to national commemoration? Join us Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. as a panel of artists explores global approaches to public art, placemaking and commemoration.


Panelists include Julian LaVerdiere, designer of the World Trade Center Tribute in Light; Justine Simons, director of London's Fourth Plinth; and Krzysztof Wodiczko, Harvard professor and artist recognized for his large-scale projections on architectural facades and monuments. Thomas Luebke, secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, moderates.


Participants will share their approaches and discuss how temporary installations in Washington might shape the future of the nation's narrative. Program includes artists' presentations, moderated discussion, and audience Q & A.