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From our first visit to Oro Valley (our new town) I was amazed at the magnitude of public art displays. It has been a true joy to see various artistic expressions in unexpected places i.e. the parking lots at Ace Hardware, Safeway and Home Depot and roadways throughout the area. Here is a brief description of the program which has placed such a high value on community art:
“In 1997, the town established a 1% Public Art Program which requires that commercial developers set aside one percent of a projects total budget for the creation of public art. By passing the public art mandate, Oro Valley signaled an ongoing commitment to create beautiful surroundings that enhance the quality of life for all who live, work and play in the town.” (Quotation from Oro Valley website).
Each day I observe and discover more ways this program enriches our lives. Here are examples of installations in our neighborhood. My favorite is the “Tree of Knowledge” at the Oro Valley Library.Look closely between the tree roots in the book below the tree to find these words of wisdom:
The more you read, the more you know
The more you know, the more you grow
The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice
When speaking your mind or making your choice!
There are many more and I will share as I have an opportunity to photograph them. What a wonderful community incentive program! Thank you town of Oro Valley!
Do you have a favorite? Let me hear from you!
All the best!
Working with you to create your lifestyle!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles