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January 28, 2011 > Public Art Commission Master Plan

Public Art Commission Master Plan

By Abraham Cruz

Milpitas City Council approved the Public Art Committee's Master Plan recommendations on January 18, 2011. The Public Art Master Plan's objectives are to identify key sites where public art can have the greatest and most positive impact and long-term contribution to the City of Milpitas. The Plan must also allow for coordination with existing construction projects and make effective use of the Public Art Fund.

There are currently five projects under the Master Plan. The Milpitas Senior Center interior art ($8,800) and the Main Street Transit exterior Shelter Enhancement ($7,000) are projects in progress. Projects under consideration are the Cartwheels Kids Relocation ($15,000, location TBD), City Hall outer front replacement ($160,000), Gateway Signs for bridges and overpasses (budget and location TBD) and the Alviso Adobe Park ($20,000).

The Milpitas Senior Center interior art project is soliciting installations for four designated areas - the center entrance, lobby fireplace, lobby wall and the hallway.

The Main Street Transit Shelter Enhancement project is named "Bird of Paradise" and was proposed by artist Adrian Litman.

The Cartwheels Kids is a piece of public art featuring three stationary bronze statues of children performing cartwheels, by Carla Moss, a Milpitas resident and member of the Milpitas Alliance for the Arts. The Cartwheels Kids sculpture was dedicated on July 4, 2004, and is currently situated on the front lawn of Milpitas City Hall. Under the Master Plan, a new location is being considered for the statues but has yet to be decided.

Additionally, the Master Plan is allowing for an outer front replacement of City Hall.

The Alviso Adobe site improvements include hazardous material inspection and testing, specifications and hazardous materials handling plan, bid support, clearance inspection and testing and unspecified additional services.

No further information was offered about the proposed Gateway Signs.

The projects currently in progress have additional costs, such as marketing/listings, plaques/placards, maquettes/models and maintenance/contingency. A budget of $17,500 has been set aside. The estimated budget for the other projects (excluding the Gateway signs) is $195,000.

For more information, visit or contact Renee Lorentzen at (408) 586-3409.

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