Emotions in Motion: Michael Sandle's Sculpture

A Public Art Commission

Some of Michael Sandle's other sculptures were commissioned  as pieces of public art. This means that the sculptures were designed in response to a brief to create something specific for display in public.


Public art can be commissioned for many reasons, in order to celebrate something or sometimes in memory of a person or a historic event.


Have a look at the hyperlinks at the bottom of the page, which link to two of Michael Sandle's public commissions Monument to Sir William Hilary and St George and the Dragon. You could also have a look at Anthony Gormley's Angel of the North for an example of a commission by another sculptor.


Discussion Points

What other examples of public art have you heard of? What form do they take? Can you work out what the message is for each? Are they commemorative? Celebratory?

What do artists have to do if they have been commissioned to make public art?

What can you find out about the processes which artists have to go through when making public art commissions?

How many public art commissions are there in your locality? Who made them?


Activity Ideas

Design a new piece of public art for your locality based upon the 2012 Olympics? Where will you locate it? What will you make it from? Can you make a maquette from recycled materials?

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