The Art in Public Places Program, “ArtSpace Orinda”, has been placing outdoor sculptures 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, APP is funded by numerous community-based organizations, including Friends of the Orinda Library, Orinda Arts Council, Orinda Parks & Recreation Foundation, and others.
A volunteer committee of citizens, which is appointed by the City Council, oversees APP. This committee does outreach to artists, to encourage them to submit their works for consideration. Most sculptures are on loan to the city for a one-year period. Some sculptures have become permanent installations.