Urban Art Program

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 Developer Application for the Urban Art Program [online application]

The City of West Hollywood initiated the Urban Art Program in 1987. The Program is committed to promoting interest in the arts and adding vibrancy to West Hollywood's urban fabric. The Urban Art Policy, codified in the West Hollywood Municipal Code, requires developers of certain projects to contribute one percent of the project cost to public art. Developers can choose to place an on-site artwork or contribute the one percent amount to the City's Public Art and Beautification Fund.                      

Urban Art Ordinance                                                                                                                 

 

In 2001, the City of West Hollywood adopted a revised Urban Art Ordinance that requires developments of most projects greater than $200,000 to place art on-site equal in value to 1% of the project cost, or to contribute an equal amount into the City's Public Art and Beautification Fund.

 Urban Art Conservation Program                                                                                           

 

In 2007 ACAC created the Urban Art Conservation Program to preserve the City's permanent public art collection. This program periodically assesses the condition of public artworks in West Hollywood and notifies property owners with artwork condition information as well as their responsibilites to maintain these artworks under the City's Urban Art Ordinance. The Urban Art Conservation program also serves as an informational resource for property owners who need advice about art conservation.

Owner Responsibilities
Since the City's Urban Art Collection is generally located outside, artworks are fabricated to endure the outdoor environment. However, ongoing maintenance is generally required in order to keep the artwork in good condition. The Urban Art Conservation program seeks to bring attention to artwork that has weathered, malfunctioned, been vandalized, or is in some other way not in its best or working condition. Although the City helped initiate this art, it is the responsibility of the property owners or Homeowners Association (HOA) to maintain the urban artwork. In fact, under the Maintenance Requirements for Art Installations (19.38.080), approved urban artworks shall be maintained (by the property owner) for the life of the project. Click here for a list of Owner Responsibilities. If the artwork required by this section is altered, removed, not maintained in good condition, or is not provided as required, the city may initiate administratie remedies in compliance with Section 1.08.010 of the City's Municipal Code.

Maintenance of Public Art Works
The City may impose a fine equal to the original arts requirement as a penalty for non maintenance if administrative remedies do not result in proper maintenance. There are instances when public art installations have been neglected and are in desperate need of repair. The CIty, through its Code Compliance division, notifies HOA's and property owners if the condition of their artwork is in question. This program ensures that previously installed public art maintain its integrity and does not become visual blight.

For More Information
If you or your business/organization has any questions about artwork maintenance on your property please contact the Urban Art Staff Liaison at (323) 848-6883.

 

View Urban Art Collection                                                                                                         

 

  • West Hollywood Urban Art Walking Tour - View a walking map for 48 works of public art throughout West Hollywood.
  • The Urban Art Collection Flickr Album contains photos of nearly all public artworks in the City of West Hollywood's collection. Click through the photos to discover which artworks may be your favorites.
  • Urban Art Google Map - Take a virtual walking tour of West Hollywood's Urban Art Collection. The collection consists of many unique pieces including metal sculptures, tile mosaics, murals, and more--all of which may be seen throughout the City.