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Art in Public Places

Updated on 05/17/2017 6:17 PM

Our Art in Public Places program applies to residential development projects involving five or more dwelling units and costing more than $1 million, or commercial, office or other developments costing more than $1 million. For those projects, a fee is paid to the City or applied to art work in an amount equal to 1% of the project cost. Each application for the installation of an artwork is reviewed initially by the Art in Public Places Committee who makes a recommendation to the City Council. The Committee acts as an advisory body to the City Council.

Art in Public Places Committee Members

  • Mayor Tom Adams, City Council
  • Bill Beebe, Planning Commission
  • Tom Dittmar, Community Services Commission
  • Marianne Lee, Historic Preservation Commission
  • Vicki Novell, Resident-at-large


Bob Bartlett Memorial

The Bob Bartlett Memorial stands to not only represent his life, but the lasting impact that his life has had on the city he cared so deeply for, revealing to future generations how much of a difference one life can make.

The panels of the sculpture are made out of Cor-Ten Steel. Secured to the panels are five separate mosaics, each commemorating significant chapters in the Bob Bartlett story:

  1. The Mayor:  His service as Monrovia's mayor.
  2. All-America City:  Monrovia's selection as an All-America City under his leadership.
  3. Old Town Monrovia:  The preservation and revitalization of Old Town Monrovia.
  4. Equity:  The equality and inclusiveness he represented.
  5. Bus:  The major role in the development of the Foothill Transit.

The mosaics themselves will be cast using the reverse Byzantine technique which has truly stood the test of time in ancient cities where mosaics have remained intact. The glass stones which lie nestled against each other in the grout never lose their color or sheen, while the Cor-Ten steel which supports them only ages more beautifully with time.

Bob was a man with an eternal love for his hometown, and the unshakable gall and steel memorial will forever speak of that timelessness. It is my sincere hope that this memorial pays the respect that Bob Bartlett deserves, and shows to all of Monrovia and those visiting that this is a city which honors its own. Bob saw many great and beautiful things in this place - it is only fitting that he be remembered with one.

- Carole Choucair Oveijan, Bob Bartlett Memorial Artist 


Calls for Artists

We need artists! Once the Committee approves a public art project, we then go through the process of selecting an artist. Be sure to check back here if you are interested in having your work considered for upcoming Art in Public Places programs:

  • There are no current calls for artists.

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