Public Art Committee

Overview

The Public Art Committee was created in 2016 and was originally comprised of 2 Council Members and later expanded to include 2 Council Members and 3 advisory members. The committee was suspended in June 2021.

Agendas & Minutes

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City of Saratoga Public Art Projects

#SaratogaROCKS

Paint, place, and post to let the world know that #SaratogaROCKS! Paint your own rocks or borrow a free #SaratogaROCKS kit from the City of Saratoga to get started. Place and find #SaratogaROCKS throughout the community and share your rocks and the ones you find on social media.

Bicycle Racks

In 2019, the City installed new decorative bicycle racks. These fun bicycle racks are both decorative and functional pieces of art. They are located at the Saratoga Library, the Civic Center complex, and Blaney Plaza.

CHALK Full of HeART

Over the summer of 2020, the Public Art Committee hosted a virtual chalk art event. Residents were invited to share photos on social media of their sidewalk chalk art using monthly themes for inspiration. 

Count Your Blessings Bench

On the “Count Your Blessings” bench, you will find life-sized bronzes of Willys and Betty Peck. These two Saratoga residents were a critical part in the development of Saratoga’s character and community. The bench was inspired by Willys and Betty’s practice of sitting together every day to count their blessings. This bench was created and installed in 2017 in Blaney Plaza. 

Mikrokozmosz

Mikrokozmosz is a mural located in the Joan Pisani Community Center that was created by artist Pavel Mester. The mural is inspired by Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet in E flat Op. 47, interpreted by Tamami Honma. The painting is comprised of 3 pieces that is hung side by side.The artwork of Pavel Mester was a donation to the City of Saratoga arranged with the assistance of the Cal Arte Music Foundation and Charles Aznavour. 

Nuts About Saratoga

In Spring 2020, six bronze acorns were installed throughout the City as a fun scavenger hunt for Saratoga residents and visitors. Clues have been developed to help participants find the location of each acorn hidden as part of the Nuts About Saratoga program.

PLACE Bench

This steel five letter bench was created by the artist Steven Simon in 2008 and is being leased from Montalvo Arts Center. The PLACE bench is located outside of the Saratoga Library and is often used by Library patrons who use it to enjoy their latest read in the open air. 

Paint the City 

The City of Saratoga started the Paint the City program in 2018 to turn plain utility boxes into works of art. The Public Art Committee reviews conceptual artwork submitted by Saratoga residents age 10 and older and selects up to 3 options per location.  The top 3 selections are posted online for public voting where residents can engage in the process by selecting their favorite conceptual design per location!

Rainy Day Sidewalk Poetry 

In 2020, the Public Art Committee launched the Rainy Day Poetry Program. Poems were painted at several locations throughout the City using paint that can only be seen while wet. 

Village Wall Mural

The Public Art Committee worked with local artist, Michelle Liu, to get the agreement of the owner of the Mint Leaf Cuisine in Saratoga Village and the property owner to paint a mural on the outside wall of the restaurant. On November 4, 2020, the City Council authorized the placement of the mural.