Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawie

URBAN ART – And What Next? The Issues of Preservation of Contemporary Art

Art in public spaces, being a multifaceted human heritage, express the richness of life and values close to man, which need to be preserved. The basis of this book are the results of the scientific and research activity of its authors participating in the international program Conservation of Art in Public Spaces (CAPuS EU). As a result of several years of discussions, organizing lectures and workshops, exchanging experiences and analysing the results of laboratory tests, interesting material was created. That offered a spectrum of theoretical reflections on holism that the authors additionally managed to gather in the comprehensive preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage, law, conservation design models, dictionary, case studies and practices in heritage preservation.

Art in public spaces is very diverse both thematically and technologically. The experimentation of artists with various techniques, without maintaining the technical rigors of their application, contributes to the rapid destruction of their works. The individual chapters of this publication present various issues of preserving the most recent legacy of visual arts in urban space, and the objects used for conducting this research were mainly contemporary murals from Warsaw. In the book, we refer to the broad framework of preservation of cultural heritage in a holistic manner, treating preservation as an umbrella for conservation, restoration, reconstruction etc.

Every day we observe the very fast pace of changes in urban environments, preservation of street art, and the connection of this growth with the constant introduction of new eco-structural and socio-economic solutions. All these factors help build a unique historical identity in the public space. Tomorrow’s heritage of visual arts is being created today!