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Creating positive, memorable images that enhance and define a city’s identity, public art boosts civic pride and burnishes the city’s image to the outside world. Walnut Creek is one of the over 350 towns and civic organizations that sponsor public art programs in the United States. 


Walnut Creek officially adopted its Public Art Program in 2000 when the City Council approved two key ordinances mandating funding and the inclusion of public art in new development and renovation projects. Since the Program’s inception, artwork has been installed at Olympia Plaza, Ygnacio Center, the Corners, City Hall Plaza, the new Downtown Library, and more. 

The Public Art Program is administered by the Arts + Recreation Department and overseen by the Bedford Gallery Advisory Council and the Arts Commission.

Self-guided public art tours available using the Public Art Map.

Happening Now at Civic Park

river vesselsTemporary installation by Patrick Dougherty to be completed in May 2018 at Civic Park in Walnut Creek. More information here. 

Collection Highlights

Public Art Map (NEW)

Public Art Walking & Audio Tours

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