A long article at Spiked, on the rise of ‘public art’ in the UK.

“By funding this kind of public art, the elite is aiming to build connections with the public. But this strategy actually reinforces its distance from the public. It is really a hands-off strategy, a way of avoiding talking to the public directly and instead employing an intermediary. Rather than engaging in public debate, and trying to win allegiance for particular ideas, the elite asks artists to do its job.” Which seems to sum up the entire NuLab project, which is all about distrust and distance.