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Can public art be an effective form of education?

June 4, 2011

Advertising companies think they have us all pegged.  They think–hey, if I play my cards right, I can convince anyone that they believe something, want something, like something, and ultimately need to buy something that only I can offer.

Given that capitalism has rarely underestimated the gullibility of the general populace–or their willingness to buy–it seems that in this forum, visual art can most certainly sway opinion.  How about educate?

Can publically displayed art be an effective form of education?  I ask you this in the context of a mural outside the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, which displays the history of northern Peru across multiple city block lengths.  I personally found the mural to be incredibly beautiful and informative of the history of civilization here–particularly from an aesthetic point of view.

What do you think?  Beautiful art?  also educational?  What would you think the artist’s goal is?  Here are some photos:


Buenos noches!

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  1. June 4, 2011 8:48 pm

    As a writer, I’m betting that art can not only educate, but can also save the world!

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