Adopted in 1985, San Francisco Planning Code Section 429 currently requires developers to spend one percent (1%) of construction costs for on-site public artwork for most new development projects or additions to existing buildings over 25,000 square feet.
In the words of a reader last month with respect to the City’s 1% for Art program:
Let’s talk about the McArt glued into every office plaza/condo tower in town for a second. 1% for Art is a fantastic concept: good job, City. How about creating an allowance (ie, an option) that would allow the builder to pool that money into a central City fund rather than have it dedicated to on-site one-liners (at the City’s discretion)? It’s nice to have art, but it’d be nicer to have a massive pool quickly build up that could be used to do something truly spectacular every few years or so: maybe build a museum or park or a new theater with a funding base.
Working its way through San Francisco’s Land Use and Economic Committee and likely to be adopted next week, an amendment to Section 429 which would establish a Public Artwork Trust Fund to be administered by the Arts Commission for the “creation, installation, exhibition, conservation, preservation, and restoration of temporary and permanent public art and capital improvements to nonprofit art facilities.”
While not compulsory, developers will have the option of contributing all, or part, of their 1% for Art fees to the fund in lieu of on-site spending.
∙ Public Art Fee and Public Artwork Trust Fund Amendment [sfbos.org]
∙ Yes, The Proposed Transbay Transit Tower Shrank A Hundred Feet [SocketSite]