Have you ever visited another city, or even Dunedin, and encountered a sculpture in a downtown area, a mural on an old industrial building, architecture with ornate one-of-a-kind features such as artist designed iron gates, etched glass or landscaping? The art can be large or small, ancient or modern, realistic or abstract, contemplative or fanciful. It can be things we’ve never ever thought about. The Public Art Master Plan is an opportunity to access the creativity of some of our finest artists, to support those artists, and to enrich our urban landscape and cultural environment. This is accessible art that provides enrichment, conversation and quality of life for residents and visitors.
The commitment for public or private development art enhancement can be satisfied by one of the following:
- The financing of an on-site, artist-designed stand-alone artwork (i.e., a sculpture, creative brickwork, artistic landscaping)
- An artist-designed artwork integrated within the architectural design (etched glass, entryway brick design, artistic gate, a mural, embedded mosaic, etc.)
- A private developer may choose the option to deposit their percentage into the Public Art Fund account to be used for the public art enrichment of the City’s public spaces.
Photo by David Shankweiler
“The City's Arts & Culture Committee and the staff or public art consultant will assist the developer in their public art selection process,” said Brincklow. “The PAMP provides a framework for the deliberate administration and acquisition of public art for the city and includes an explanation of the mission, vision and goals of the public art program. The Public Art Master Plan gives the City Mayor, Commissioners and Staff guidelines to focus on what constitutes new and appropriate projects and gifts of art, and to create a balance in terms of what styles and media are incorporated.”
“For me, a big part of the excitement of it is that our city is joining 350+ small, medium and large cities nationwide with a working Public Art Policy, 60 in Florida alone with 14 of them having both public and private ordinances – cities that have taken steps to create an art-centric focus.”