Public art is defined as any work of art that is created by an artist specifically to be located in a public space, usually outside and accessible to all. The City of Abbotsford’s public art policy encompasses a variety of opportunities including public and private-sector artist commissions, community art initiatives, and donations of art work from residents.
The City has partnered with the University of the Fraser Valley annually, since 2010, to enhance artist capacity by creating a public art commission project specifically geared towards students. View a video of Public Art Collaboration with University of the Fraser Valley.
Public Art can be seen throughout the City of Abbotsford at various locations including, but not limited to:
- Clearbrook Interchange
- McCallum Interchange
- Matsqui Recreation Centre
- Abbotsford Recreation Centre
- Downtown Abbotsford
- Firehall #8
- Salton Pedestrian / Cycling Bridge
From a practical perspective, public art creates safety, by putting eyes, and people onto the streets where it is located. It also attracts tourists, skilled workers, and businesses that desire to visit and work in an environment that places a high value on aesthetics and place making. The construction of public art supports economic growth by employing engineers, electricians, painters, metal fabricators, glassworks, flagging companies, concrete businesses and installers.