Described by Guy Debord in the Situationist International (1955), psychogeography is an approach that emphasizes playfulness and “drifting” around urban environments. With the Situationist’s approach in mind, Civic Treasures was created allowing for a chance to introduce playful disruptions into the community, testing the utility of public art as a mode of participation, while strengthening the relationship the viewer has with the community.
Public art does not have to be monumental or obvious to be appreciated. It can also be intimate and inconspicuous. Too often, the artist forgets to take the experience of the viewer into account. My installations utilize playful wayfinders to interrupt the viewer’s routine, taking them on a short journey, resulting in the discovery of a hidden treasure, a miniature gold sculpture. This playful experience is different than a traditional static public work, as it involves the viewer to participate in the locating of these works, hidden within small crevices or tucked away places. Celebrating local civic landmarks, monuments, and beloved attractions, the sculptures themselves further push the idea of participation and play, as they are not obvious representations, but visual puzzles, which the viewer must decipher to appreciate.