Naslov / Title: Mapping of art in public space – research platform

Lokacija / Exhibition space: Galerija ZDSLU, Komenskega 18, Ljubljana
Datum / Date: 9. 11. – 30. 11. 2017

Raziskava: Zoran Srdič Janežić

Produkcija: Zavod za sodobne umetnosti in kulture Gulag

Zahvala: Mojca Smerdu, Matena Bassin, Paola Korošec, hermioteka Moderne galerije, Mestni muzej Ljubljana …

Podpora: MOL – Oddelek za kulturo



The Mapping of art in public spaces is based on the research on the example of Ljubljana since its independence. It is a research project divided into several parts. The first is to collect and display data and information on the layouts of works of art. In addition to public access to data (works, authors, locations, subscribers, value of orders …), the project of mapping art in the public space is to be analyzed through the analysis of the obtained data of public installations in the recent Slovenian period, to define methodologies and norms for the design of public space as well as the evaluation of works of art.

Artistic practices are ephemeral – they are only fleeting and do not have the opportunity – according to the traditional role – to co-create artistic contents in public spaces. The lack of promotion of artistic practices towards the shaping of the public space leads both to the passive attitude of artistic practices to the realization as well as to questioning the contents of it. Ignorance or knowledge of these values (content, formal, implementation …) must lead to the establishment of requirements that must be present in public tenders. Finally, the mapping project is also indirectly linked to the creation of a timeline that will show the changing of representational form of art in public space.

Art in the public space is part of the public sphere, and so is concerned with many other disciplines, such as architecture, design, urban planning, art history, urban anthropology and more. Urbanism of the city leaves vacant spaces where art can find its place and give them a new identity with the presence. Art has the most important connection right from the identity of the place where it is placed. She has always taken her place on the facades of houses, churches and markets and parks, with sculptures, reliefs, frescoes, mosaics, fountains, park arrangements, and thus gave the city and the place a unique narrative.

In addition to creating better living conditions, the importance of mapping art into the public projection is the sustainable development of human values. Ultimately, art in the public space is also important for the national economy at least as it provides work for all the creators as well as artisans.