In seeking to re-assert itself as an arts and cultural center, the City of Mobile, AL commissioned PPS to develop a public art policy outlining a process, criteria, and intent for systematically acquiring and introducing public art throughout the City of Mobile, its public spaces, and its neighborhoods. The goals for incorporating public art into the city were to both activate and rejuvenate public spaces by helping to make them more comfortable and inviting to users; to utilize public art as an economic, social, and community revitalization tool that would give communities and neighborhoods a sense of identity; to act as an attraction and a draw; and to add to and round out the City’s complement of cultural resources.
To achieve this vision for public art, Main Street Mobile assembled a Public Art Policy Committee and hired Project for Public Spaces, Inc. (PPS) to work with them to develop partnerships with municipal agencies, local residents, merchants, and property owners, non-profit organizations, and the development community; to enable and encourage the City to collect, commission, and place public art throughout the city; and to provide an orderly means of addressing some immediate issues, such as evaluating gifts of public art and working with private developers.
This project was carried out in tandem with a public space master plan project that PPS was creating for Mobile’s center city district, with the larger idea that this public art policy would provide an overlay to guide how these downtown public spaces would be revitalized over time.
PPS also created a public space master plan for the City of Mobile.