Downtown Bellevue boasts more than 120 pieces of public art, both indoors and outside. Now, people interested in seeing them have "ArtMap Bellevue," a new guide that graphically displays how art has become ingrained in the character of downtown.
The full-color, easy-to-read map shows concentrations of artwork by area, making it a snap to plan a walking tour. Each listing also includes whether the work is publicly or privately owned.
The maps are free and available on the first floor of City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, and at other downtown locations. An easy-to-print black and white version is available on the city's Public Art page
Examples from ArtMap range from the one-of-a-kind terrazzo floor at City Hall, to the traditional Gandhi statue at Bellevue Regional Library, to the dazzling blown glass chandelier at Lincoln Square.
Typically, public art is linked to public agencies that support it with tax dollars. But in Bellevue, private owners account for three-quarters of the art on display. They see the city as a place where the pieces will stand out and be enjoyed.
"Private property owners see how artwork adds to the interest and value of their buildings," said Bradley Smith, architect and chairman of the Bellevue Arts Commission. "It can be the focal point that draws attention and makes the space special and memorable."
The city's Arts Program produced the maps. Advised by the Arts Commission, the program manages public art, funding for artists, cultural planning and arts policy development in Bellevue.
More information on Bellevue's public art is available on the city's arts Facebook and Twitter page.
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