Public Art

Infusing Del Mar with art

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The City of Del Mar aims to infuse art into public and private spaces through a variety of methods and media.  To build a framework for a vibrant arts program, the City Council has adopted a Public Art Policy (PDF) and impaneled an Arts Advisory Committee (PDF)

The Public Art Policy sets guidelines to accept donated or consigned pieces as well as installations such as murals on private property.  The Arts Advisory Committee has published an approval process (PDF) and flow chart (PDF) for donated work and an arts opportunity map. Starting in May, the art policy would allow for the acquisition of art pieces with City funds.

Art Benches

Maidy Morehous installs sculpture

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In February 2020, artist Maidy Morhous installed slabs of granite adorned with bronze sculptures at two locations in downtown Del Mar. The installations are the first to be realized under a public art policy adopted in 2017.

One of the two art benches, Baby Boomers Google, depicts a stack of books topped with and apple and is positioned in front of the library. The other, Journey, depicts a suitcase. It is positioned on a wide segment of sidewalk at the northeast corner of Camino del Mar and 11th Street.

Arts Advisory Committee

The Arts Advisory Committee meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall.

If you are seeking to either donate or temporarily loan artwork to the city for display in a public area, please complete and submit the Public Art Proposal Form to publicart@delmar.ca.us.