Art in Public Places
The city of St. Petersburg began commissioning works of art in 1990 with the passage of a "per cent for art ' ordinance. The Public Art collection includes many of Florida's outstanding artists and is on display in public buildings, parks, recreation centers, water towers, highway entrance ramps, fire stations and libraries. With work in every corner of the city, public art is available to residents and visitors. The diverse collection ranges from found-object sculptures to paintings of Florida flora and fauna; from site specific neon sculpture to realistic bronze, and includes photography, textiles, stained glass, murals and ceramics. It is a civic resource and expression of St. Petersburg's growing emphasis on its cultural identity.
St. Petersburg's Art in Public Places program is funded through a "per cent for art" ordinance. The Public Art Commission seeks to acquire high quality works of art which "connect" with residents and visitors, help to develop the community's sense of identity and provide opportunities for informed community dialog.
Photos Courtesy of : (top) Moorman Photography and (bottom) Thomas Bruce Studio Art by (clockwise) Alex Klahm, Tim Prentice, Thomas Sayre, Jeff Whipple, Andrew Reid
Public Art Tours are offered through Office of Arts and International Relations office
See fascinating art by Florida and national artists while discovering the city's diverse downtown and historic neighborhoods.
Public Art Tours visit a variety of works selected from over 80 pieces in the public art collection placed throughout St. Petersburg. Hear interesting stories from a knowledgeable docent guide about the artists, the art, and how this amazing program was developed.
* The Public Art Tour is designed for group bookings only. For more information or to book a Public Art Tour contact the Arts and International Relations office, 727-893-7465.