The art you see around Laguna Beach is the result of two City programs: "Public Art and Murals" and "Art in Public Places." Goals of the Public Art and Murals and Art in Public Places initiatives are to create diverse art installations of the highest quality that will, over decades, reflect the city itself and its citizens, and improve the quality of life; to be a source of pride to all Laguna Beach residents.
Art adds dimension, depth, and character to our community. It adds to the beauty and quality of life, inspires young minds, and reinforces a Laguna Beach's local identity in which citizens take pride. Public art creatively manipulates built environments with a unique contribution to our city.
In the interest of the public health, morals, safety, and welfare, it is the policy of the City to expand the opportunities for its citizens to experience public art and other projects resulting from the creative expression of its visual artists in public places throughout the city. We also recognize the substantial economic benefits to be gained through aesthetic enhancement of its public spaces.
The Art in Public Places Program is a requirement of the Municipal Code. To apply, complete Art in Public Places application and submit it to Community Development, 505 Forest Avenue. Then complete application (B) and submit it to Community Services, 515 Forest Avenue.
Public Art and Murals are funded by the Arts Commission and displayed in Laguna Beach. If you would like to propose a work of Public Art, complete Arts Commission Application and submit it to Community Services, 515 Forest Avenue. Upon Arts Commission Approval, complete Design Review Board Application (C) and return with appropriate materials and fee to Community Development.
All applications requesting the installation of art shall be accompanied by a site plan showing the lot and building dimensions and showing proposed location of artwork, scaled drawing, colored drawing, color photograph of the proposed installation location, maintenance schedule, landscaping and site preparation if applicable.