Public Art

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Public art is a cultural resource and a source of community pride in Cary. Pieces of art have been placed throughout Cary through the efforts of the Cultural Arts Division of the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and Cary Visual Art.

Public Art Master Plan

View the Public Art Master Plan adopted by the Cary Town Council in January 2013. Full PDF

Current RFQs

RFQ for Downtown Library Parking Deck

Public Art in Cary

Collection and Map
Downtown Park: Public Art
US 1/64 Pedestrian Greenway Bridge
Online Feedback – Provide comments on existing art and suggestions for new pieces

Artist Registry and Imagebank

The Town has established an Artist Registry and Imagebank to be used by persons interested in including the services of an artist in their projects. The registry includes professional artists from across the region and the United States. The Artist Registry and Imagebank will be refreshed with a new call to artists in 2010. For more information, contact the Public Art Coordinator (919) 465-4791.

Learn more about the Public Art Mentorship Program.

Public Art in Private Development

Public Art in Cary is a highly desirable contributor to "Creating a Sense of Place" and is facilitated by the Town’s Public Art Master Plan.

The Town's Site Design Standards encourages that public art can be a key element in the design of open public spaces. Additionally, the Standards support the installation of artwork that can be purely aesthetic enhancements and/or functional in nature. Public art can be integrated into building facades, landscaping, and streetscaping if created by artists as unique elements or limited editions. The purpose is to incorporate, at the planning or design stage, the ideas and work of artists in order to affect the highest standards of creativity and innovation in the planning and design of buildings and public spaces.

An application to incorporate public art into your development project is required and you are encouraged to submit the application at the earliest possible phase of your Site Plans submittal for the Town's review. For more information, contact the Public Art Coordinator (919) 465-4791 to discuss your project.

Download a Public Art Placement Application Form.

Public Art Master Plan (2001)

Executive Summary
Full Plan 
Public Art Masterplan: Presentation 2005 (you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file)


Denise Dickens, Public Art Coordinator
(919) 465-4791

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