Palm Desert Public Art

Thanks to the innovative Art in Public Places program, it’s easy to indulge your artistic side in Palm Desert – just look around at the more than 150 artworks in the City's collection. Not only will you find stunning, larger-than-life sculptures, but you'll also discover countless objet d'art throughout the City's landscape – like bus shelters designed with desert-modern sensibility or serene sculptures trickling water.

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In 1986 Palm Desert was the first city in Riverside County to pass a public art ordinance, which requires an art fee to be paid when construction is done.  The goal of the ordinance is to give citizens and visitors the opportunity to live and play in a beautiful, art filled environment. 

Our Art on Your Schedule

Free guided tours are available monthly on Saturday of each month from September through May.  For details on the next tour, visit the Palm Desert Event Calendar. Groups of three or more can schedule their own free tour.


Public Art Special Events




The Public Art Department and the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center present the second annual Public Art Documentary Film Series beginning in January and continuing monthly though April.  The films for 2016 include Sol Lewitt:  Wall Drawings, Calder - Sculptor of Air, Beyond These Walls:  Building Community through Public Art and Murals: Transformations (short film), and A Model for Matisse.

View Forever, the winning video from the Public Art Video Contest by Nicholas Cox and Yoga Is Harmony, the second place winner by Rebecca Rowley.

Also, be sure to follow the Public Art program on Twitter or fan us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all our offerings.