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Monday, September 8, 2008
Public Art is Everywhere
When new development or major expansions are undertaken for public facilities and privately owned commercial buildings (with a few exceptions here and there), the Pasadena Zoning Code requires that public art must be installed, valued at a minimum of one percent of the cost of the building permit.
Here's one that may be familiar to many of you -- A bench and mosaic by Margaret Nielsen at Paseo Colorado. Maybe not so familiar is this installation at Caltech: "Water Forms" by George Baker at the Millikan Library pond. Pauline Kamiyama is our public art coordinator. Everything goes through the Arts & Culture Commission, which conducts a competition for each project, followed by the selection of an artist. Then the commission is responsible for approving a concept that serves as the basis for the public art project.