There’s a place for public art everywhere. A motion by Vancouver City Councillor Heather Deal to significantly expand the City’s public art program now has the backing of Mayor Gregor Robertson.
City Council is scheduled to debate the motion Tuesday to install more public and community art over the coming year, including accelerating projects that are ready for completion this summer.
The program would also provide more opportunities for the creation of First Nations and multicultural artwork to reflect the nature and changing demographics of Vancouver. It also aims to address barriers with the installation of murals and names San Francisco as a model city for public art, given that it has robust programs that provide opportunities for
“Vancouver hosts tremendous talent with more artists per capita and the highest public arts funding of any city in Canada,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson in a statement. “I look forward to supporting this motion that will see an unprecedented amount of public art in our city for all residents and visitors to enjoy. I hope Council will be unanimous in backing this expansion of the public art program and bolstering our local artist and creative community.”
If approved, the City’s Innovation Fund could be used to fund new public art projects from now through 2017.
There are over 400 pieces of public art in Vancouver, and recent changes to rezoning policies for private developments over 100,000 square feet now require developers to contribute $1.98 per buildable square foot to the City’s public art program.