Public art is an important part Hillsboro as it is an element that creates a community that future generations are proud to call home. It is a powerful tool for meeting the goals of Hillsboro’s community plans. Memorable public places strengthen our community. Such places attract us to downtown, enliven our neighborhoods, enhance our experiences in parks, inform us about the history and peoples of our place, and celebrate our ethnic and cultural diversity.
The City of Hillsboro administers a Public Art Program that understands the many forms public art may take. This includes landscape treatments, building facades, freestanding sculptures, murals, lighting, electronic media, water features including run-off and catchment devices, kinetic pieces that move and react to the environment, and artist-designed functional elements such as paving, street furniture, bridges and gates. It can include the written word, film or video, and performance.
The Public Art Master Plan states, “The downtown area should be a priority for public art. The impressive successes of the new Civic Center, Sequoia Gallery + Studios, The Venetian Theatre and Bistro and the renovation of Bagley Park stimulate a sense of optimism about downtown. Public art should contribute to this momentum.”