The Art in Public Places program, or “ArtSpace Orinda,” has been placing outdoor sculpture in the Orinda community since 2007. Its mission is to recognize artists as important cultural resources, and to install artwork throughout the city to broaden public awareness and encourage dialogue about public art.
Created by the Orinda City Council, and administered by the Parks & Recreation Department, Art in Public Places is funded by numerous community-based organizations, including: the Orinda Community Foundation, Friends of the Orinda Library, Lamorinda Arts Council, Orinda Parks & Recreation Foundation, and others.
A volunteer committee of citizens appointed by the City Council oversees the Art in Public Places Committee, which does outreach to artists, to encourage them to submit their works for consideration. Most sculptures are on loan to the city for at least a one-year period. Some
sculptures have become permanent installations.