Specific gravity sculpture

Called "Specific Gravity" this suspended boulder with cascading water was designed by Reg Yuson. © Eric Guazon

The role of art in urban development programs is often overlooked, even though art and culture policies can often successfully fuel the regeneration of public spaces in modern cities.

A lack of research on the subject has inspired Tessa Maria Guazon at the University of the Philippines Diliman to explore the relationship between public art and urban development. It contrasts public art commissions made by the Manila local government and corporate foundations. By surveying public opinions on sculptures in the Filipino region of Metro Manila, like this one on Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City, Guazon is figuring out how the public receive and respond to works of art and their placement in shared urban spaces. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2012.

For further information contact:

Tessa Maria Guazon
Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters
University of the Philippines Diliman
Email: tessaguazon@gmail.com