....that precious booty, the rounds and the rings they had reft erewhile, hardy heroes, from hoard in cave - trusting the ground with treasure of earls, gold in the earth, where ever it lies: Beowulf extract and translation from final chapter XLIII

Other Public Art Icons

 Gormley: Public spaces 'have been privatised'

In the days following the theft of Barbara Hepworth's sculpture from Dulwich Park, much has been said about the importance of public art: Richard Sennett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics, and sculptor Antony Gormley discussed what tangible benefits can be gained from it on Radio 4’s Today Programme on Friday, 23rd December 2011. Listen to it by clicking on this link.

Videos with 'public art' tags on on Vimeo and Youtube  and check out the selected videos below:

Gateshead Angel of the North - Anthony Gormley

Ebbsfleet White Horse - Mark Wallinger

St Helens Dream - Jaume Plensa

London 2012 Orbit Tower - Anish Kapor

Crazy Horse Monument, South Dakota - Korczak Ziolkowski

Waking the Dragon - Stepehn J Winterburn & Partners

Star of Caledonia - Charles Jencks and Cecil Balmond

B of the Bang - Thomas Heatherwick