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Request for Proposals (RFP) - Public Art Master Plan
Call for Consultants / Public Art Master Planning

Seeking proposals for professional consultant services to develop the City’s first Public Art Master Plan for the City. 

The City is seeking a Public Art Master Plan that presents a clear vision for the future placement and nature of public art (permanent, temporary, festivals, etc.) in a city that prides itself on being visionary and innovative. A Public Art Master Plan would also serve as a guide for the development of projects, programs and amenities which could advance public art well into the future. The Master Plan is intended to provide direction to the public art program staff, Advisory Bodies, and the City Council on the planning and processes necessary to further develop, administer, and maintain a dynamic public art program in the City and provide a comprehensive vision for the next 25 years of the program necessary to continue to achieve the community’s vision for public art. 

PROPOSALS DUE JANUARY 16, 2015, 4:00pm.

Request for Proposal
Addendum No. 1 (updated 1/7/15)
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2015 Public Art

Skate Park "Concrete Jungle"
Public Art - Jed Joyce & John T. Jones

In December 2013, City Council approved the public art design for the SLO Skate Park Public Art, “Concrete Jungle”.  This project has differed from other public art projects in that the design for the artwork has been integrated into the actual project itself.  For the City, this will be the first time that project construction and installation of public art components will occur simultaneously.  The main “entrance” to the new multi-use zone will feature the principal public art components (concrete and metal shade trees). The SLO Skate Park public art project design, Concrete Jungle, includes four (4) concrete and steel shade trees.  Three “trees” are proposed to be at the skate park “entrance” and one across the park on the north end.  These 30-foot tall concrete and metal “trees” will serve a dual purpose, both as a skating surface (concrete trunk) and as shade structures (metal tree canopy) for the surrounding park.  The project also includes the lighting of the four “trees”, artistic tiles on the edge of the bowl basin, concrete art reliefs throughout the park, and landscaping in the park entrance planter boxes.    

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World Trade Center Memorial "Standing Tall"
Public Art - Kathleen Caricof

In July 2014, City Council approved the public art design and contract for the World Trade Center Memorial project.  In 2009, the City of San Luis Obispo received an original 10 foot steel beam from the fallen World Trade Center in New York City. The City desired to incorporate this artifact into a public art project, memorializing the First Responders of this tragedy and pay tribute to all of the innocent victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and specifically to the 343 Firefighters and 60 Police Officers who lost their lives while rescuing those trapped in the Twin Towers. Art proposals were sought that would showcase the beam in a way that gave justice to the artifact’s national and historical significance and to the City’s public art initiative. The goal of the memorial art piece was to create a unique forum for reflection and commemoration.

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Original steel beam from the fallen World Trade Center in New York City

Public Art Program

The Parks and Recreation Department oversees the City's vibrant Public Art Program which consists of three distinct components:

  • Visual Arts in Public Places Program
    The City of San Luis Obispo currently administers a Visual Arts in Public Places program which encourages public art in new and existing buildings, parks, streets and other development projects for the enjoyment of its citizens and visitors. For most of its capital projects, the City sets aside 1% of the construction cost to a city-wide fund used to support other worthwhile public art projects.

  • Public Art in Private Development
    The City also has an ordinance in place requiring the placement of public art, valued 1/2% of the total construction cost, on privately funded, non-residential construction projects costing in excess of $100,000.

  • Private Donations of Public Art
    An additional and important source of public art is that which is privately funded and located in a public place. The City has been the recipient of several excellent pieces obtained through the private donation program.

The City’s Public Art Program has 68 unique pieces of public art ranging from murals, mosaics, oil and watercolors, stained glass, sculptures, benches, bridge railings and more may be seen throughout the City.

  •  See the link below for an interactive storyboard map tour!

Private Development Application Checklist
Application to Donate Art
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Utility Box Art Program

The City of San Luis Obispo's Art in Public Places Program has commissioned local artists to create masterpieces on 16 utility boxes featured in downtown San Luis Obispo as part of the “BoxArt” program. Make sure to check out the boxes on your next walk around downtown SLO.

For more information on the Utility Box Art Program call 781-7296.

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Public Art Mailing List

To add your name to the mailing list for upcoming public art projects or to volunteer on an art jury for the next design and selection of public art, please email your name and contact number to the Public Art Manager.  Please include "Public Art Mailing List" and/or “Art Jury” in the subject area of the email.

For more information about the Public Art program for the City of San Luis Obispo contact the Public Art Program Manager at (805) 781-7296. Mail may be accepted at 1341 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

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ARTS Obispo
San Luis Obispo County Arts Council

Your San Luis Obispo County, California resource for the visual, literary and performing arts.  ARTS Obispo often partners with the City’s Public Art Program and works to advance the visual, literary and performing arts through programs that promote public access to the arts, arts in educational settings, local arts planning and collaboration, and opportunities for artists and arts organizations. Arts Obispo has an extensive local registry of artists, projects, displays and locations. For more information contact the Arts Obispo at (805) 544-9251 or


Policies and Procedures

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