Nearly $14 million worth of public art has been commissioned by the City of Calgary in recent years, according to a report to be presented to council this week.
Since the inception of the public art policy in 2004, the city has completed 26 art projects at a cost of $4.7 million and there are 16 works in progress at a cost of $9 million.
Those numbers come from the city's Public Art Program annual report.
The city mandates that one per cent of the cost of all city capital projects worth over $1 million — not including costs for land, rolling stock like LRT cars and portable equipment like furniture and computers — must be spent on statues, sculptures or other works of art.
"It is a significant commitment to making Calgary a better city," said Ald. Brian Pincott.
"And it's a significant commitment to saying, 'We want Calgarians to experience their city and interact with their city and their community in new and surprising ways.'"
A previous version of this story reported erroneously that the City of Calgary commissioned more than $10 million worth of public art last year. In fact, the city has completed or commissioned art projects worth $13.7 million since 2004.Dec 06, 2010 4:20 PM MT