2019 -2024 Public Art Plan
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture works
each year with many city departments, community groups and the Mayor and
City Council to develop the annual public art plan. The Plan identifies and
budgets public art projects citywide, and requires review and approval by the
Arts and Culture Commission and the Phoenix City Council.
The Public Art
Plan includes the following types of projects:
1. Design Teams – artists work with
engineers, landscape architects and architects to develop major construction
projects, such as recycling facilities, freeway bridges, streetscape
improvements, airport and transit facilities.
2. Site-Specific Commissions - artists design and
fabricate works or enhancements to suit specific locations.
3. Temporary Commissions – artists create works or
installations to be viewed for a limited time at select public sites.
4. Purchase of Existing Artwork – works are purchased for
display as part of the city's permanent collection of portable art, which was
begun in 1915.
5. Master Planning – short- and long-range
plans are developed to integrate art into specific public programs and initiatives,
such as aviation, public works and water capital improvement programs.
6. Artwork Refurbishment – existing artworks
sometimes need significant repairs or retrofits to remain in good condition or
adjust to changes to their original site. These modifications go beyond routine
artwork maintenance activities.
Mapping the City
Phoenix uses a GIS mapping system to see the
"big picture" of the city's Capital Improvement Program. By mapping
the public buildings and systems that Phoenix plans to build – streets, water,
wastewater, storm sewers, public works, parks, transit and more – public art
planners can see where new construction and investment offer opportunities for
integrated design, and how public funds can be combined to connect projects.
This maximizes the visibility, efficiency and benefits of city public art