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Public Art brings creativity, beauty, conversation, and character to public spaces throughout the city. Public Art is widely regarded as a vital component of a livable, vibrant, and diverse urban landscape. The City of Waterloo collection boasts 22 pieces that present a wide array of community narratives from local and world renowned artists.

City wide Public Art Map. 


Public Art Mandate

City of Waterloo is committed to building the Public Art Collection through careful selection of site specific artwork through public commissions, donations, and by encouraging inclusion of developer integrated art in institutional and private development projects.

The City of Waterloo Collection Mandate is outlined in the Public Art Policy. The goals of the Public Art Program include:

  • increase livability and attractiveness of Waterloo;  
  • introduce landmarks and place makers;
  • stimulate the growth of arts and arts related businesses in the City;
  • articulate Waterloo's evolving identity;
  • increase the accessibility of artistic work to all citizens;
  • encourage excellence, quality, and innovation.

The Public Art Policy outlines the development, management, and stewardship of the City of Waterloo Public Art collection. This policy includes a Percent for Art program that has been in place since May 1996. 


Temporary Installations

As outlined in the City of Waterloo's Public Art Policy, the city may accept, on a temporary basis, works of art for display in public spaces (defined as municipally owned property) through art loan agreements. Temporary installations of artworks may last from one day to one year, typically remaining on view for three to six months.

Artwork considered for temporary display in public space is distinct from art installations that occur as part of a special event (where the installation period coincides with the duration of the event).

Proposals for temporary art display will be reviewed by the city's Public Art committee/public art review team.  Consideration will be given to safety and durability of the artwork, and its suitability to the site. Following the approval of a proposal, a loan agreement between the artist and/or sponsoring organization and the city will be executed.

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