New! Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Program
In cooperation with the Del Mar Foundation, the Arts Advisory Committee is launching a temporary sculpture program that would place pieces on concrete pads at five locations in downtown Del Mar.
On June 21, the City Council is scheduled to consider a Del Mar Foundation application to install the fixtures at:
- 15th Street and Camino del Mar;
- 15th Street and Stratford Court;
- Southeast corner of 14th Street and Camino del Mar;
- Southeast corner of 12th Street and Camino del Mar; and
- Northeast corner of 9th Street and Camino del Mar.
Future steps include engaging a professional to identify and locate pieces, publishing a call for art, and reviewing the work in accordance with Del Mar’s public art policy. Sculptures would remain on display for up to 23 months.
More information and maps of the locations can be found in the master plan of sites for public art.
Infusing Del Mar with art
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.
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.