Art in Private Development

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 Photograph of Theater of the Wind sculpture by Illan Averbuch.


To view the Art in Private Development public artwork in Tempe, visit the Tempe Public Art Interactive Map.

The City of Tempe Art in Private Development Ordinance, passed in 1991, has been instrumental in adding more than 95 privately owned artworks to the city, blanketing Tempe's 39.5 square miles with public art that is always accessible. The ordinance requires large, private retail and office developments to commission artwork on their property or support local arts and culture programs. Public art staff assists developers in identifying artists who specialize in creating integrated or landmark public art. Developers may choose to support the existing programs of the Arts & Culture Division rather than creating a work of Public Art. The result is a partnership between the City and the Development community that showcases Tempe as a progressive city with a focus on the aesthetic.  

Art in Private Development guidelines pdf 

Character Area Map PDF


Rebecca Blume Rothman, Director of Public Art
Allison Porterfield, Public Art Assistant
Christine Beatty, Public Art Assistant

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