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I have been googling around trying to find a definitive answer to a question. Instead I find ambiguity. Does anyone know whether the title of a large-scale three dimensional work of art (whether sculpture, public art, or place-making) is to be listed in quotes, italicized or underlined?

I have looked at various university style guides and the MLA style guide. Everything I have read on this question has been in conflict.

Can someone help me out?



The ambiguity is because of the difference between typewriters and typeset/word-processing. With a typewriter you’d use quotes or underline, with typeset/word-processing you’d use italics.

This isn’t hard and fast though since some proper nouns, especially those naming a titled object are italicized, some others, to distinguish, are not.

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