Observing the Environment

Leon Reid IV makes sculptures that are wholly responsive to a site. He observes the architecture, objects, plants, animals and people that make up the composition of a particular space. Reid began intervening in public space as a graffiti writer when he was a teenager. His development into the public sculptor he has become revolves around the notion of permission. Check out Leon’s profile.

  • How do artists shape artwork around a particular setting?  
  • Can public art be successful when it is not reflective of the environment in which it is placed?  
  • What are the tools of observation that help artists understand an environment?

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