Can Wikipedia Save Public Art?

June 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

LOVE, sculpture, Robert Indiana, 1976, Center City, Philadelphia. Photo by author, 2010.

If you’re interested in what people are doing to increase awareness about and preserve public art, read on.

Jennifer Geigel Mikulay, an art history professor at Indiana University, Purdue and Richard S. McCoy, a conservator at Indianapolis Museum of Art started the project Wikipedia Saves Public Art. Their students are writing articles about local Indianapolis public art and posting them on the crowd-sourced encyclopedia.  Mikulay and McCoy hope that the project will inspire people across the world to notice and document public art.

To find out more about this project, check out:
“Scholars Use Wikipedia to Save Public Art from the Dustbin of History” by Mary Helen Miller, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 4, 2010.

“Wikipedia Saves Public Art: An interview with Richard McCoy and Jennifer Geigel Mikulay” by D. Cull, e-conservation magazine, No. 14 (2010) pp. 19-27.

Facebook page: Wikipedia Saves Public Art

Entry filed under: Art, Material Culture, Memorials/Monuments, Public Art, Public Space. Tags: , , , , , , , .

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