Liesel Fenner, ASLA, president-elect of the Potomac Chapter, joined Washington Post columnist and architect Roger K. Lewis, and public art administrator Angela Anderson Adams, Arlington Economic Development, as featured guests on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Sept. 26, 2013. The Kojo Nnamdi Show is a live talk show produced by National Public Radio's WAMU 88.5 that airs weekdays at noon.
In a conversation with host Kojo Nnamdi, Fenner, Lewis and Adams discussed how public art -- in forms ranging from landscape architecture to sculpture -- is part of our everyday lives. They also talked about ways to encourage more public art in local communities.
"I think any community can welcome public art," said Fenner, who is the public art program manager for Americans for the Arts. "It's key that artists coming from outside the community be paired with local artists, with local community leaders, with local architects and landscape architects in the development of the work."
According to Lewis and Adams, landscape architects like the late James van Sweden (see this week's obituary in the Washington Post) and Walter Hood create art through the designed environment.
"[van Sweden] was really among the best in the country, in my opinion. His compositions were, in fact, works of art," said Lewis. "I would argue that the things he did with grasses and vegetation that were not traditional at all amounted to tableaus on the ground plane. So there are lots of ways to make art, including vegetation."
Listen to the segment here.