City planners say public art and technology can help increase economic development and distribute resources

Inclusion of public art as a major component in city development master plans is crucial to boost economic development and tourism, Internationally-renowned artist, architect and engineer Cecil Balmond said.

Public art has become a part of urban regeneration and a great method for adding value to city development plans.

Sri Lankan born British architect Balmond said public art concepts could add immense value to current city projects in Sri Lanka. “It can make public places more attractive and approachable. Most city projects around the world have incorporated art projects through which they attract tourists to the city.


Balmond who spoke at a forum themed ‘Big Architecture and Cities’ organised by the Council for Business with Britain, emphasised the advantages of building big cities full of landmarks, gathering places, monuments, museums, theatres and activities for every visitors.