There isn’t much public art in Appalachia. If you’re outside a small handful of cities, finding something contemporary is almost impossible. In the most rural places, much of the public art resembles dying monuments to fossil fuels and patriotic propaganda. Other places are incorporating public art and social media into tourism in innovative ways. In Appalachia, state tourism campaigns choose to focus on the things to do while visiting a region while ignoring what it’s like to live there. Omitting or ignoring the quality of life of the residents which make the tourism industry possible is investing in or building community. The people that live & work in Appalachia are the foundation of this community, they are not bruises to be eaten around like a piece of fruit.