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The City of Los Altos, CA’s Public Arts Commission aims to broaden public awareness of the visual arts through various media including (but not limited to) paintings, film, photography, and sculpture.

The Los Altos Public Outdoor Sculpture Loan Program

One of the commission’s highlight programs is the Public Outdoor Sculpture Loan Program, which has been part of the city’s Public Art Program since the 1980s. Pieces are selected for visual appeal, quality of craftsmanship, and compatibility with the environment and safety regulations. 

The program gives artists a great opportunity to increase exposure, get media coverage, and potentially sell their pieces to local art lovers. The sculptures are loaned to Los Altos for a duration of two years. Upon conclusion, the pieces are either retrieved by the artist or loaned to the city for another two years. On some occasions, the pieces are donated to the city by the artists themselves or by a third party who purchases the sculpture to add to the city’s permanent public art collection.

Public sculptures in Los Altos

Los Altos currently has over 25 sculptures that are part of its Public Art Program.

  • Alegria by Adrian Susnea Litman

Village Park

  • Arches by Jeff Owen

State Street and Second Street

  • Australian Cattle Dog by Anne Wienholt

Los Altos Youth Center

  • Bird by Riis Burwell

Lincoln Park

  • Conversation Peace by Kevin Box

Main Street and Foothill Expressway

  • Convolute of the Square by Taro Seesurat

Grant Road and Fremont Avenue

  • Cradle of Liberty by Rebecca Joy Truman

Shoup Park

  • Dancers by Michele Alcantara

Grant Road and St. Joseph Avenue

  • Dancing Man by James Moore

Los Altos Recreation Center

  • Diamond Jubilee by Taro Seesurat

City Hall

  • Dragonfly by Tammy Bickel

Rosita Park

  • Egrets by Zygmund Sazezich

Shoup Park

  • Guardian by Karen Cauvin Eustis

State Street and Fourth Street

  • Imagine That by Tony Williams

Lincoln Park

  • Jasper Priestess by Damien Jones

Main Street and Second Street

  • Magic Fish by Hardy Jones

Los Altos Main Library

  • Midnight Stomp Series by Pokey Park

160 First Street

  • Musical Gambol by Robert Clements

Lincoln Park

  • Mutha Hen by Eileen Fitz-Faulkner

State Street and Third Street

  • Olympic Wannabes by Glenna Goodacre

Village Park

  • Pax Nova by William Iaculla

McKenzie Park

  • Seal Head by Anne Wienholt

Los Altos Main Library

  • Shlama by Fred Parhad

Lincoln Park

  • Smoke            by Steve Bartlett

Almond Fire Station

  • Space Dance for Peace by Mircea Paul Goreniuc

Lincoln Park

  • Replica of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin

Woodland Library

  • Will You Dance With Me by Ed Hart

State Street and Second Street

  • Zoo Scapes by Maggie Kornman

Los Altos Main Library

You can take a look at this map if you want to find these sculptures in Los Altos. For more information on the Public Arts Commission’s public sculpture program or if you’re interested in purchasing a sculpture at the end of its loan period, you can get in touch with the City Manager’s office at 650.947.2740 or send an email to administration@losaltosca.gov.

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