Cities like open-air museums

"Cities like open-air museums, sounds like realizing my ultimate dream; a confrontation with the public surrounded by art every day. Art has a positive effect on human beings and their personal development; it can extend their horizon and can broaden their view."

Arne Quinze, Sint-Martens-Latem 2011

Positive effect

When cities would be perceived as open-air museums people would start seeing art as a given, as a part of life and as having a positive influence on the quality of life and the general well-being. Trying to convert negative attitudes into positive ones, ensuring people aren't reluctant of talking to strangers are cornerstones how human relations should progress.


With every sculpture Arne Quinze builds he seeks confrontation with the viewer in the hope opening up their minds and making them dream again. Often he compares his installations with the effect of what we feel when seeing a great force of nature. Confrontation with unspoilt nature blows you away and leaves you completely dazed – yet in a positive way. In the city confrontation of this proportion is lacking: when looking at his sculptures the artist expects people suddenly feel small, realizing they're only a minuscule element in the global sphere. People are amazed by the size of the installations, the grandeur takes control over them in contrast with smaller installations.

A flood of people

The economic value monumental art can realize for a city must not be underestimated. A flood of people is literally drawn towards the city because people have a desperate desire to explore the electrifying sculpture: they stay there for a while, eat and drink, offering great potential for the area. Through confrontation between city and sculptures people rediscover their city as well as renewed belief they're proud of their urban space. Artists absolutely must go out on the streets to evoke confrontation. Museums and cultural institutIons can only benefit from this urban action.

Cityscape Brussels, Belgium 2008

Metal Rock Strangers study, Paris 2011