Art in City Buildings

The Art in City Buildings Program is the artwork collection of the city and is managed by the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts and the Commission on Culture and the Arts. This diverse collection of public art consists of more than 1,100 objects moveable and permanent Public works of art from monuments to murals, paintings to plaques, and a variety of sculptures. All objects, unless on loan, are located at city venues. In order to allow public access to the collection an on-line database is available for viewing.

Objects in the collection are acquired by the city via three means: purchased (which includes commissions), received as a gift, or transferred. Funding for objects that are purchased comes from a Percent for Art Law whereby “an amount equal to not less than one percent of the construction phase appropriation for the original construction of any city building shall be appropriated to the commission for the acquisition of works of art” [ROH Sec. 3-2.7(a)].

Collection Highlights