10 reasons cities are works of art

April 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm 1 comment

The Work Research Foundation‘s Comment magazine published a little point of view piece called “Public Arts in the City: with reference to Chicago.”

Not only does the author — Clinton Stockwell, the executive director of the Chicago Semester — give ten positive reasons for considering cities as works of art, he peppers his short essay with great quotes, including these:

“Place is space with historical meanings, where some things have happened which are now remembered and provide continuity and identity across generations.” — Walter Brueggemann

“Art points out to the Calvinist both the still visible lines of the original plan, and what is even more, the splendid restoration by which the Supreme Artist and Master-Builder will one day renew and enhance even the beauty of His original creation.” — Abraham Kuyper in Lectures on Calvinism

Read the essay here.

photo of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue by kitchaboy on Flickr


Entry filed under: city culture, Downtown, Jon Swerens, Urbanism. Tags: , , , .

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1 Comment

  • 1. Clinton Stockwell  |  May 30, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    You got it even including the juicy quotes. Thanks for referencing. We will have Eric Jacobsen in Chicago November 4- wed in afternoon at Chicago semester. Carry on.

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