Moncton is hoping public art could serve as a tourism draw.

The City of Moncton is developing a master plan for public art.

It is hiring a consultant and wants feedback from the public, said cultural development officer Roxanne Richard.

"What I'm really looking for is to get everyone involved and everyone talking about it more than anything," she said.

"I think we have an opportunity here to move the public art file forward in Moncton. We're not expecting that when we do public art pieces, everyone's going to love it, but to have people talking about it and to have a real constructive conversation and to have people think about what it is they really want to see in their city."

Under the existing public art policy, Moncton has designated one per cent of the budgets for municipal projects to fund public art.

But the city wants to take a closer look at how public art could revitalize the downtown core, said Richard.

"Some cities have seen their public art pieces be significant tourism draws for them. We're hoping that eventually this can be the case for Moncton as well," she said.