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Taking "Public" Art Literally

Carroll University
The latest project by artist Kasia Ozga reflects the history of water.

Public art often gets a bad rap – rightly or wrongly.  Typically an artist is chosen, a piece is created, installed, and the only real public part is whatever reaction you have to it once it’s on display.  Artist Kasia Ozga works differently.

She takes the public part of public art quite literally.  Her latest project is a public art installation based on water at Carroll University in Waukesha, being installed with the public’s help and input at the university.

"I didn’t feel like I wanted my art to only be directed towards people who are educated in art," Ozga says. "I really wanted to see what kind of dialogues I could get going by sharing my work with other kinds of people."

Born in Poland and now based between Chicago and Paris, Ozga has had her work exhibited nationally and internationally. Her

"This can bring up about water use today, about metaphors for resource use more generally - the whole cycle of boom and bust, tragedy of the commons - lots of environmental ideas that are important and that can be addressed through this kind of art," says Ozga.  

Kasia Ozga invites people to help create the sculpture or to add to the discussion on water through June 11th. If you’d like to participate, you can get information from the art exhibit website.

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.