Jon Day teaches English at King’s College, London. He is the author of Cyclogeography, and was a judge of last year’s Man Booker Prize.

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The Problem of Public Sculpture

Intended to rejuvenate public sculpture in Britain, in 1972 the City Sculpture Project gave sixteen artists £1000 each to produce a site-specific sculpture, to be installed in one of eight cities across England and Wales (now documented in an exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England). The main responses to City Sculpture seem to have been of public indifference and barely concealed philistinism.