Public Art Ordinance

In March 2003, the Alameda City Council adopted the Public Art Ordinance (No. 2892), amended in July 2005 (Ordinance 2942). The ordinance is designed to regulate the placement of public art in commercial, industrial, residential and municipal projects. The ordinance also establishes public art requirements  for new construction in the city.

 For further details, please refer to the Public Art Policy Guidelines.





Portal, by Jill Turman

Location: Grand Marina






Nautilus, by Jill Turman

Location: Grand Marina




Milestone, by Marsha Finelt-Brook

Location: Park Centre Animal Hospital




Bright Ideas, by Delaine Hackney

Location: Perforce Software




K Gallery Exhibition Space

Location: Rhythmix Cultural Works





Alameda Municipal Code Section 30-65.3 requires that new construction over a set building cost spend a percentage on installing public art. The following public art may be used to satisfy these requirements:


On-site Projects

  • Sculpture: in the round, bas-relief, mobile, fountain, kinetic, electronic, or other, in any material or combination of materials
  • Painting: all media, including but not limited to murals
  • Graphic and multimedia: printmaking, drawing, calligraphy and photography including digital, any combination of forms of electronic media including sound, film, holographic, and video and other art forms but only when on a large public scale
  • Mosaics
  • Crafts: clay, fiber and textiles, wood metal, plastics and other materials
  • Mixed media: any combination of forms or media, including collage
  • Any other form determined by the Recreation and Parks Commission, or City Council on appeal, to satisfy the intent of this section

On-site Cultural Programs

  • Performance arts: theater, dance, music
  • Literary arts: poetry readings and storytelling
  • Media areas: film and video, screenings and installations
  • Education: art lectures and presentations
  • Special events: festivals and celebrations
  • Artist-in-residence programs in the arts
  • Any other form of cultural program determined by the Public Art Commission to satisfy the intent of this section

On-site Art Spaces or Cultural Facilities that include one or more of the following eligible components: gallery/exhibition spaces, resource libraries, visual arts slide registries, performance spaces, artist studio spaces and arts education facilities which are open and accessible to the public.