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Public art as a new genre is now flourishing in Korea and elsewhere in the world. The concept of the public is a prerequisite in considering community, which is an important factor when considering artwork in action. From this aspect, this paper looks into the relation between public artwork, place, and audience. Particularly, the relation between the three will be observed in the specific way that public artwork is incorporated with place so as to produce meaningful effects for audience in life. To examine how the three are related, I use the conceptual tool of narrative modeling for research methodology. Specifically with basic narrative material, for instance, 'moving character' combining action and actant was observed in a static non-narrative form of public artwork. The way of making a story is considered as narrative competence, and thus the audience is able to connect the artwork with the place where the work is located. As a result, the audience becomes involved as active participants for interpreter for meaning-making, not just watching as a spectator but also being a reader of the public artwork. This process will be demonstrated in examples of public artwork at train stations and downtown in a city. As research has shown, public artwork in non-narrative form is still to be read as narrative, providing an opportunity for rational thinking.