Development Idea: Parking Garage Public Art

In the design of high density office or residential towers, frequently a parking garage fills the 2nd to 5th floors.  The garage lives above the retail storefronts and and below the offices or apartments.    Over the last 20 years, public art have been called into service to enliven the walls with huge artworks designed to let the fresh air enter the garage.

101 Eola, Orlando, Florida
101 Eola, Orlando, Florida
Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane, Australia

Other garages for developments are freestanding.  The first image by artist Ned Kahn moves in the wind, sending patterns across the surface.

Target Field by Ned Kahn
Target Field by Ned Kahn
San Jose Garage by Christian Moeller
San Jose Garage by Christian Moeller
Bank Headquarters Garage, Cincinnati by Julian Stanczak
Bank Headquarters Garage, Cincinnati by Julian Stanczak
Santa Monica Civic Center
Santa Monica Civic Center

santa monica civic center

santa monica civic center
santa monica civic center
Miami Beach
Miami Beach
Related Development by Gary Moore
Related Development in Opa Locka by Gary Moore

Instead of the walls to let the air flow, the structural walls or stairs become places for artistic action.

Orlando Garage by Marcos Cruz
Orlando Garage by Marcos Cruz
Garage-Kansas City Library
Garage-Kansas City Library
Santa Monica Garage
Santa Monica Garage
Garage Wall by Fairey
Garage Wall by Fairey
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7 thoughts on “Development Idea: Parking Garage Public Art”

  1. YES to this. Public art on our parking garages is critical and I believe one of the wisest uses of AIPP funds we can do.

    I am very fond of ‘green walls’ on parking garages, such as this one in Naples, FL. (see bottom of the post) http://walkablewpb.com/2013/11/30/tis-the-season-for-downtown-retail-strategizing/

    Will ‘green walls’ or ‘living walls’ count as public art under the AIPP ordinance that requires developers to contribute public art?
    I sure hope it does.

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  2. YES to green walls as well. Parking garages have lots of detrimental effects, and this is a good way to mitigate some of them.

    Glen – what qualifies as a “professional artist”? Based on resume/portfolio?

    I’d love to see some more ground level “human scale” ideas as well when if comes to interacting with these structures. At the other end, giant LED Tetris or Pong…

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    1. Joe,
      Thanks for the ideas on interactivity.
      We are expanding the definition of professional artist. Currently the law reads

      Artist means a practitioner in the visual arts, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional of serious intent and ability. Indications of a person’s status as a professional artist include, but are not limited to, income realized through the sole commission of artwork, frequent or consistent art exhibitions, placement of artwork in public institutions or museums, receipt of honors and awards, and training in the arts.

      Glenn

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