Who gets to paint them?
Could I paint a bench? I would love to paint a bench.
Do people have to get their design approved by the city or can they paint whatever they want?
Wait where are these, I have never seen them?
When approaching my friends about “the painted benches in the pedmall” I was barraged by questions concerning them. And surprisingly, none of the four of us had any idea regarding who is involved and why they are popping up all over town. Sparkling gold banana, green aliens and a geometric interpretation of the Old Capitol are among the creative ideas painted by the artists.
For the public’s reaction you can check out this YouTube video. It provides some reactions of both students and full-time residents of Iowa City, but it doesn’t say much more than that the project was a collaboration between city government and local businesses improve downtown. The crowd has a seemingly positive attitude about the project but some seem concerned with the aesthetics of the benches new coat of paint.
Public opinion aside, I am going to investigate into the details of how this project came into existence how the artist are selected and how the design process is monitored.