I was happy to read Staff Writer Randy Billings’ July 8 article about TEMPOart, Portland’s new, privately funded temporary public art program, and “Occupied Wall,” our August installation by Christian Prasch.

The reporter underlined the caution that the city expressed in its review of the piece.

Having served on the Portland Public Art Committee for a number of years, I know that the city is very supportive of public art and our new program, but that it, of course, wants to ensure that our pieces are appropriate, safe and accessible in ways that ensure their success and the continued success of our program.

Our artwork may, on occasion, address challenging issues and ideas. In the case of “Occupied Wall,” the physical installation itself is intentionally provocative. We hope the piece will stimulate lots of active participation and lively conversation when it is installed.

Alice Spencer

chair, TEMPOart