Frieze Sculpture 2018 proves the power of art in the public realm

  • Emma Latham Phillips

During the summer of 2018, I reviewed Frieze Sculpture for It's Nice That, exploring how art changes when it is placed in the public realm. Public art is democratic. As the curator Clare Lilley explains, visitors are surprised to see the sculptures here and this sparks conversations and connections they'd never normally have. Within this feature, I chat with Rana Begum, whose sculpture was placed carefully to catch the day's changing light, Conrad Shawcross and Michele Mathison, whose broken street lamps are signifiers for the civic decay in South Africa.