In 1997, Martin County established Art in Public Places. This unique collection includes sculptures, mobiles, stained glass windows, murals, mosaics, benches, photographs, and quilts. These beautiful works of art are in our libraries, fire stations, community centers, administration buildings, parks, and other county-owned properties.
One of the primary goals of commissioning art in publicly owned space is to enhance the esthetic experience of the public realm. Artwork is developed to add meaning to a place, to connects to (or with) people or actively serves a creating a community identity. The mission of Art in Public Places is to enhance the quality of the visual environment, both natural and constructed, in the Martin County community
Art in Public Places provokes a new awareness of public space, for instance, a new sense of its history, culture, and design.
Currently, public art can be found throughout Martin County in such a manner that it is visible and accessible to the greatest number of people. We invite you to check back with us as more of these beautiful works of art are commissioned and made available. Below please find a list of the completed projects:
- Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound Shell Games – Sculpture by Charlotte Lees
- Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart Avian Muse – Mobile by Harry McDaniel
- Martin County Jail, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart Oasis – Tile bench by Glenn Schwaiger
- Port Salerno Fire Station, 4725 SE Dixie Highway, Port Salerno Antique Hose – Sculpture by Terry Thommes
- Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach The Poet – Sculpture by Dam de Nogales
- Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown Stained Glass by Chris Dutch
- Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart Photographic Exhibition by Amy Knootz Knippel
- House of Refuge, 301 SE MacArthur Boulevard, Stuart Artistic Gate created by George Goddard
- Stuart Beach, 889 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart Save Our Coral Reefs S.E.A. Project-Mosaic Mural by students Taylor Komarra, Heather Ackers, artist Brenda Leigh, community artists, and Jensen Beach High School art students
- Hobe Sound Beach, 1 Beach Road, Hobe Sound Loggerhead Nesting 2011 S.E.A. Project partnership with AIPP, Jupiter Island Art Committee, Education Foundation, sculpture artist Mia Lindberg with Jensen Beach High School art students Native landscape design with landscape architect Meg Whitmer and South Fork High School landscape design students
- Dixie Highway and Salerno Road Manatee Pocket Gateway – Artist Sue Lampert AIPP and NAC Partnership
- Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke Street, Stuart Marine Life Murals – Artists Team: Carey Chen, Julie Beaumont, Nadia Utto, Shannon Wiley