Public Art Advisory Commission
Public art enhances the feel of a city and enriches the lives of residents. It offers entertainment and enjoyment for residents and visitors, which in turn can help attract businesses and enhance the reputation of Waukee. With this in mind, the Waukee City Council established the Waukee Public Art Advisory Commission in 2022.
About the Commission
The Waukee Public Art Advisory Commission helped develop a unified public art strategy for the Waukee community. View the Public Art and Culture Plan. With the plan in place, the commission advises the Mayor, City Council and other community groups and agencies that are initiating a public art project on the proposed site, selection of a professional artist and commissioning of a public artwork. The commission also guides and monitors the design development process through reviews at various stages to ensure artistic and design quality, integration with the site and relevance to the community.
This seven-member commission:
- Has staggered 3-year terms, February-January.
- Meets quarterly for 1-2 hours plus additional meetings as necessary.
Definition of Public Art
For this commission, public art encompasses art that is visually and physically accessible to the public and installed in public indoor and outdoor spaces. Public art may include, but is not limited to, murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work. For public art, artists and organizations may work in conjunction with architects, fabricators/construction workers, community residents and leaders, designers, funding organizations and others to define, review, fund and install the art. Examples include:
- Stand-alone pieces, such as sculptures, statues or structures
- Integrated into the built environment (e.g., façades, pavements or landscapes), such as bas reliefs, mosaics or digital lighting
- Applied art (to a surface), such as murals or building-mounted sculptures
- Direct hands-on interaction pieces, such as interactive musical, light, video or water components
- Railroad Pergola: In the Shadow of the Rails on the Raccoon River Valley Trail
- Murals on Kenny’s Garage
- Harp in Triangle Park
- Roundabout on Warrior Lane
- City of Waukee logo signs + banners on the light poles and in medians
- City of Waukee logo wraps on utility boxes
- Veterans memorial near the Community Center
- American Gothic sculpture at the Library
- Engraved rock outside the Public Safety building
- Sculpture outside the YMCA building
- "&" sculpture at Kum & Go gas stations