public art + people - can public art make people feel safer?

can public art make people feel safer?

"In a survey of local train travellers, 82% of people asked said that they felt safer waiting alone at the station since the artwork was installed"
Like the Back of My Hand

Our public artwork to celebrate the millennium in Folkestone has become a model of practice for the way we partner local people to produce work for the public realm. 101 bronze handprints adorn the previously dilapidated walkway to the town’s station, each the hand of someone born annually between 1900 and January 1st 2000.

As a public artwork it is an acknowledgement of community and celebration. As a local landmark, untouched by graffiti, it provides an iconic reminder of diverse people and a snapshot of many local lives across an entire century.