Directing attention toward art displayed in a public place always presents a challenge because the audience is busy, focused on the daily grind -- meetings, studies, exams, deadlines, lunch. Everyday folk are not prepared art aficionados arriving at a gallery for the sole purpose of playing spectator. The optimum way to encourage the busy masses to interact with a piece of art is best reflected in the approach taken by most communities, which present works in a visceral, architectural manner -- hence the proliferation of large sculptures and murals that broadly alter the scenic backdrop. Art that requires a more private, literary absorption, such as the decoding of symbols or the interpretation of abstract and poetic works, needs a lure, whereby distracting the businessperson or student and redirecting that person's attention away from a full agenda and forcing him or her to stop and look. This is one of art's primary functions: to momentarily slow the pace of life, giving one enough time to... More >>>