In 1990, the City of Olympia passed an ordinance designating that one dollar per person and one percent of major City construction projects be set aside for public art. Projects range from small local artist projects in neighborhood parks to major installations and design teams.
In 1998, the Olympia Arts Commission created a long-range plan for public art in Olympia. The vision for the future states:
"We envision a public art program that is inspiring-thought provoking and functional, inclusive and diverse. We envision a public art program that is woven into the community and our daily lives-our neighborhoods, parks, buildings, infrastructure and public spaces. We invite all segments of our community to work with the City to sustain the current vitality of the arts and embrace new challenges".
Public Art Collection
Olympia loves art! The City has an amazing public art collection of over 100 pieces. While it's always best to view great art in person, we have created an online story map with images and descriptions of each piece so you can tour our collection anytime.
• View our Public Art collection online
Percival Plinth Project
Every year, the plinths at Percival Landing host a new selection of loaned sculpture by local and regional artists. A community vote is held and the sculpture that receives the most votes is purchased for permanent display at another location within the City.
• Go to our Percival Plinth Project page
Traffic Box Wraps
We are covering traffic control boxes throughout the City with artistic wraps by local artists (chosen by the public). Not only do the wraps beautify our City but greatly reduce the amount of graffiti on the boxes and the maintenance hours required to clean them.
• Go to our Traffic Box Wraps page
Arts Walk Cover Art
Since 2000, the City has celebrated its twice yearly Arts Walk festival with the commission of new artwork for the cover of the event map each spring and fall. The winning piece is selected by jury and becomes part of the City's public art collection.
• View the Arts Walk Cover Art
Olympia Salmon Run
Chicago had cows, Seattle had pigs and Olympia has SALMON! Olympia Salmon Run promotes dialogue about the importance of salmon to our community. These ten fish, created by local artists, represent our hopes and concerns for this important resource.
• Go to our Salmon Run page
Contact Stephanie Johnson at 360.709.2678 or email@example.com
To learn more about art owned by the State of Washington, visit www.arts.wa.gov/