Ellen's class on the meaning of public art sounds great. Did you mention
any of the controversy surrounding Mt. Rushmore that we've discussed here?
And did any of the students point out that the Pyramids were built by
slaves who probably didn't feel much public spirit about what they were
doing? You're right that two days is not enough time for such a research
project----perhaps it could be a term project and might involve a local
statue or memorial?
I was interested in the point made by one of the students about the trust
that erecting public artworks expresses---i.e. trust that they won't be
destroyed. I had not thought about it before, but it seems to me that most
public artworks are not "graffiti-ed" the way buildings, public
transportation, etc. is. Does anyone know of counter-examples?