An important facet of Mercer Island is its public art, most notably the numerous outdoor sculptures. The Mercer Island Arts Council oversees the acquisition of this high quality public art with artist and public participation.
Much of Mercer Island's public art has been acquired through the Mercer Island "One Percent for Art," money set aside from public construction projects, and through public donations. The purpose of this art is to inspire and enrich the citizens of the community and to preserve notable creative expression.
Much of Mercer Island Arts Council Public Art collection is now on STQRY and can be viewed online. Visit now and click on the stories tab. We're busy adding new stories all of the time, so come back often to see what's new.
STQRY (pronounced “story”) is an innovative mobile platform used by organizations across the globe to enhance the visitor experience. Visitors use the STQRY app to search for all things arts & culture in their area, then as an interpretive guide once they arrive at their destination. Go to STQRY to download the app.
In addition to public outdoor sculpture, the Arts Council has a collection of small sculpture, paintings, and other two-dimensional work in various public buildings, including the library, city hall, and the Mercer Island Community & Event Center.
|Primavera in Sculpture Park|
The Arts Council also maintains the Greta Hackett outdoor sculpture gallery along the I-90 corridor. These works are for sale.
Some additional pieces of sculpture owned and maintained by local businesses are also on view in the central business district.
The Public Art program and its committee works with the City staff, other boards and/or commissions and the Arts Council to select potential sites for the acquisition of large sculptures or other art work for the Mercer Island community. By working through a process for both site and artist selections, the Public Art program contributes to the overall beauty and artistic creativity of the community environment. The committee also works on the ongoing maintenance plan and work involving the current public art pieces on display as part of the Outdoor Sculpture Park, and assists in updating and maintaining the records on all public art pieces.
Interested in volunteering for Arts Council events or committees? Click here for more information and to volunteer.