Public Art Map & Photo Tour
The Emeryville Art in Public Places map locates selected pieces of larger collections as well as standalone pieces developed as part of the Art in Public Places Program in Emeryville.
In 1990, the City of Emeryville established a “Percent for Art” Ordinance. The Ordinance formalized a growing practice by the City and its many corporate residents who included significant pieces of art in their public spaces.
The Ordinance requires private developers of commercial space to contribute 1% of the building costs and developers of large residential buildings to contribute 0.5% of their building costs to public art. Developers have the option of providing publicly-accessible private art onsite or contributing to the Art in Public Places fund, which is used to purchase public art owned by the City.
As a result of the Ordinance in Emeryville there are:
- Over 40 publicly-owned art works in the City and
- Over 70 art installations available to the public in private developments
Public art installed through administration of the Ordinance includes permanent installations and temporary art. Permanent art includes:
- Pieces displayed in City Hall purchased by the City from the annual Emeryville Art Exhibition,
- 10 additional commissioned pieces displayed in park spaces and public buildings, and
- The award-winning utility box art program, Sign of the Times, found in over 20 locations citywide.
The City’s Bus Shelter Temporary Art Program features 16 Emeryville artists, each displaying unique pieces in 4 locations (See #8 on the map to locate these exhibit spaces)
To see the map, click here.
For a complete invertory of the over 100 pieces of public art in Emeryville, including locations of the additional pieces, click inventory above, and for information about the Art in public Places program click here.