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#PPAC: Photographing Public Art Challenge #1

Cee Neuner and I welcome you to the first ever publication of Photographing Public Art Challenge (#PPAC) which we are co-hosting, We will take turns, one of us hosting every week exploring art in public places. We invite you to join in the fun of exposing public art where you find it – at home or in your travels.

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“What distinguishes public art is the unique association of how it is made, where it is, and what it means.”

Association for Public Art

As writers of this challenge, we don’t have all the answers. We will explore a deeper meaning of public art as we go through the challenge.

“…every public art project is an interactive process involving artists, architects, design professionals, community residents, civic leaders, politicians, approval agencies, funding agencies, and construction teams.

Association for Public Art

Marsha’s Samples of Public Art

Photo Challenges are all about the photos.

Cee Neuner

Topic Suggestions

The #PPAC is deliberately open – photographer’s choice. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Seasonal Displays
  • Graffiti
  • Statues and Sculptures
  • Collections
  • Store Windows
  • Car Shows
  • Artistic Construction (benches, buildings, bridges)
  • Wall Art (not just murals)

Challenge Guidelines

  • Art has to be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway.
  • Photographers have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
  • The challenge starts every Friday by 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
  • Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to the appropriate host’s post – not on Cee’s or Marsha’s #PPAC page. Also write us a comment and paste the link into the comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed.
  • Visit at least two or three other participants in the community and leave them a comment.

Marsha’s #PPAC #1: Freeway Art

This week my camera took me to Scottsdale, AZ, where it is 118 degrees. Guess what? I didn’t have to leave my car for some of these, and the rest only took a split second to shoot.

Don’t try this when you’re driving! You’ll end up like the lizard on the road.

I love that the freeways are fairly clean in Scottsdale in spite of how hot it is to get out and clean them!

On the other side of the freeway – our destination – there’s a biking and walking path that is also decorated – double sided freeway art.

How cute are these prickly pear cacti? They may well show up in another challenge calling for squares or spots.

Being off the freeway allowed me to get up close and personal with the flip side of this freeway art.

I hope you enjoyed this first #PPAC post. Cee and I invite you to join in and show us your wonderful finds. We will both be visiting your creative posts. Take us with you on your next Photographing Public Art outing. Your choice of topics!

Cee will host next Friday’s #PPAC. See you at your place.

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  1. Your love of life, and of all things beautiful in people, places and nature is a gift to us all Marsha!

    Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek. Next week, we reach the midway point of the link up with Optional Prompt: 26/51 Optimism. Mr W is back with this one! It’s always great to see your post and comments, I appreciate that very much. Denyse.

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    • Denyse, thank you for you lovely compliments. I should have asked you on your interview to explain your numbering system. I’m afraid that 26/51 is a mystery to me. Thanks for always offering us a place to link up. I’m feeling right at home with many of your followers now. πŸ™‚

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      • There are 52 weeks in the calendar year. However because no-one actually blogs very close to Christmas & New Year, I have the link up going for 51 weeks. 26 stands for the 26th link up for 2021 to date, and is the closest to half way …25 to go until we are at 51 weeks.

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        • Aha! now that makes sense. Thank you so much. My numbering systems for both of my challenges are based only on themselves, and I notice that many other challenges that have numbers are the same way. So on our newest challenge, PPAC = Photographing Public Art, we started last week with #1 and Cee will post #2 tomorrow – so nothing quite so orderly. You’ve been doing your link parties for a long time. I wonder what the longest running challenge or link party is? Hmmmm

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  2. This sounds like such an awesome idea. I’m definitely more sketchy that photography. But I’m still excited to participate!! Just to make sure I understand, I submit my public art photo on Friday morning or can post it anytime before 9am Friday? Or do I set out in search of public art at that time? Is it super apparent this is my first time doing something like this???

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    • You are super cute. Yes, you have the same questions about challenges that I did when I started. The challenge is first posted on Friday on either Cee’s or my websites at 9:00. After that you write your own post and put your photography into the post. If you put a copy of the address of our post into your post, that creates a notification called a pingback that goes to the person who is hosting. Then you write us a comment and copy the link to your post into our comment box. That way we know for sure to go visit your blog and leave a comment. You can write your post any time between Friday at 9:01 and Thursday at 5:00 pm. Cee will pick the posts she wants to feature from my participants, and I will do the same with hers on the week she hosts. I hope that explains the process. Tomorrow Cee will host PPAC #2 but mine is still open. You can actually leave a comment any time after that on either of our post you just won’t get a link back from us. πŸ™‚ If you have any questions, you can always ask either of us. Have a great time! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks so much for joining in. I love your choice for this week. I don’t remember the statues from all my visits, so I was glad to be introduced to them. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks for joining this week, Liz. Awesome. post. Your like button didn’t open up for me. It just kept loading, but if I could have, I would have liked it! πŸ™‚

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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