Art in the public square is allowed to be functional. In fact, many people appreciate seeing a purpose in art on public display.
Does it make you smile?
Does it make you think? (‘What was the artist thinking?’ counts as a thought.)
Does it serve as a landmark?
On a recent visit to a popular St. Louis attraction, I saw a familiar object in a new way.
Solutions provided for two problems: I’m thirsty. What time is it?