I love public art, but I’m not a huge fan of most modern public art. With few exceptions — the Calder works come to mind — a lot of the public modern art looks like rusting hunks of junk that people tend to avoid, whereas the whole concept of public art is to engage and, perhaps inspire, the passerby.
On the square in the Les Halles area of Paris, in front of the St. Eustache Cathedral, there is a large stone or concrete ovoid head and hand. As we walked through the square multiple people engaged with the whimsical head and hand, and in different, interesting ways. People took pictures, people examined it, people posed with it. There was even graffiti sprayed on the back of the head. It’s one of the more successful pieces of public modern art that I’ve seen.