About us – Public Art sub-committee
Eric Snell – Chair
What is meant by Public Art? Public Art refers to the idea of the artist, and/or craftsperson, working in the natural or built environment. Working together with a wide range of organisations both within the private and public sectors the GAC’s aim is to instigate, encourage and support initiatives to enhance and animate the landscape, with the ultimate goal of creating a visually stimulating and exciting island environment.
Following the successfully installation of the Renato Santarossa four metre high glass sculpture in the main courtyard at the new wing of Princess Elizabeth Hospital, the sub- committee are now working towards the realisation of the ‘compass’ mosaic immediately outside the Guernsey Information Centre.
The committee have also been working closely with the Guernsey College of Further Education and more especially with the 2nd Art and Design students who, as part of a sculpture assignment, were commissioned the Guernsey Arts Commission to develop a work of art to sit on the large empty plinth which is situated in the Market Square, immediately outside HMV music store. Models of these ideas were then on public display in the greenhouse .
“Functionality of buildings and spaces will never be enough. Users and passersby need to be stimulated and inspired. Our forefathers were very much aware of this. Our generation must not leave a bland uninspiring legacy for those who follow.”
Sir Geoffrey Rowland (Bailiff of Guernsey)
For the latest news see our news / blog detailing projects and initiatives.
Members of sub-committee:
Eric Snell (Chair)
I am a chartered Town Planner with additional qualifiacations and interest in the conservation of the historic environment. In my capacity as Director of Planning Policy with the Environment Department I am responsible for the creation and adoption of the planning policies that influence the quality of development on the island and for specialist advice on architecture, urban design, the conservation of the built, historic and natural environments. This gives me the opportunity to help the Public Art Sub Committee promote its ideas about how public art can become an intrinsic part of new developments and to engage with developers to achieve this through the planning system. It is a pleasure to be able to pursue my private interest in art in this way.