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Art in Public Places Gallery
In 2005, in order to "promote the general welfare through balancing the community's physical growth and revitalization and its cultural and artistic resources", the San Mateo City Council passed an ordinance establishing the Art in Public Places Program.  San Mateo's ordinance calls for a .5% building permit fee to be used directly by the developers to commission and install their own art in publicly accessible places within projects that are valued at or greater than $3 million, or to provide the City the required in-lieu fee that then is reserved for City acquisition, installation and maintenance of public art.  To learn more about the details of the program, please visit the Civic Arts Committee webpage.

This Art in Public Places Gallery introduces visitors the artistic displays around the City installed as part of the program and encourages the public to explore and engage with these and other works of art around San Mateo.

Learn More About the Art in Public Places

Click on any image to learn more about the artwork, its artist, location, the story behind the piece, installation year, and to see a photo slide show.

Sam Francis - Untitled
The Juggler
El Camino Mural
Castelo and Limbs
Sam Francis The Juggler El Camino Mural Castelo & Limbs

Two and a Half
San Mateo Bridge
The Gathering
Two and a Half San Mateo Bridge Gathering Sparrow

Fence Views
Falling Slabs

Triumvirate Fence Views Synthesis Falling Slabs

San Mateo City Hall – 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

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