Outdoor art in the campus landscape: finding forms and formulas

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Graham, J. Maria

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University of Guelph


Many university and college campuses find themselves the exhibition grounds for outdoor sculpture, whether by chance or by a more purposeful initiative. Due to limited resources only a few institutions have collections that are well documented and coordinated. This study takes a look at the fields of campus planning, public art and campus outdoor art to inform a list of recommendations for developing and enhancing campus outdoor art collections or programs. Through a broad review of the literature, the use of case study, interview, and questionnaire methodologies a list of recommendations takes shape. The study also reveals the unique opportunities and constraints of the campus landscape as a site for outdoor artwork and the potential role landscape architects and planners play in guiding a campus collection.



university campus, college campus, outdoor sculpture, campus planning, public art, campus outdoor art, collection programs