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Assessment of the History and Cultural Inclusion of Public Art in Pakistan

Version 1 : Received: 2 February 2018 / Approved: 18 February 2018 / Online: 18 February 2018 (13:16:07 CET)

How to cite: Shah, S.A.; Shah, A.A.; Li, X. Assessment of the History and Cultural Inclusion of Public Art in Pakistan. Preprints 2018, 2018020117 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201802.0117.v1). Shah, S.A.; Shah, A.A.; Li, X. Assessment of the History and Cultural Inclusion of Public Art in Pakistan. Preprints 2018, 2018020117 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201802.0117.v1).

Abstract

The significance of arts incorporated with culture inclusion makes the arts a matter of pressing interest. The arts are vital elements of a healthy society that benefits the nations even in difficult social and economic times. Based on the previous studies this research was conducted for the first time in Pakistan to explore the historical background of public art correlated with cultural and religious ethics. Though, Pakistan has a rich cultural history yet the role of modern public art is new and often used unintentionally. Our findings of different surveys conducted in Pakistan including oldest cities such as Lahore, Peshawar and newly developed, the capital city, Islamabad concluded that Public art has a rich cultural and historical background and the local community are enthusiastically connected to it. Different community groups prefer different types of public art in their surroundings depends on the city’s profile, cultural background, and religious mindset of the local community. Overall, the sculptures and depiction of animated beings are not considering right and debatable among the Pakistani societies. On the other hand, the cultural and historical monuments are highly appreciated and welcomed by the local community of Pakistan. This study may create scope for future estimation and development of public art in Pakistan in association with Islamic laws and cultural norms of the local society.

Subject Areas

Public Art; Cultural identity; Islamic society; Art history; Pakistan.

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