Keywords: public art, aestheticism, public space, relations of power
Perceived as a promise to generate economic development and to solve social problems, public art has emerged in many urban policies. But this aestheticisation also transforms the urban experience and affects the way people interact with public spaces. This transformation can induce recognition and sense of belonging as well as a feeling of exclusion. In this paper, I propose a theoretical framework in order to analyse the social and political issues of public art.