|Jewel of the Nile by Marton Varo, Birch east of Randolph & Civic Center
Ascending Dancer by Robert Holmes,
West side Brea Blvd. North of Central
Business was headed to Brea, but the city planners wanted to do something that set the little community apart from the neighboring cities. So the city adopted an ordinance that for any new construction that would occur within city limits, developers had to include a work of art that could be done in any variety of mediums: it just needed to stand up against the elements and be easily viewed by the public.
Thus the Brea Art in Public Places program was begun, and over the years the collection has grown to over 170 sculptures and mosaics, many by world famous artists like Marton Varo and Nikki de St. Phalle. All works are funded by the developer, maintained by the property owner, and wisely must go through an approval process prior to installation. They vary in style from iron sculptures, marble statues and water fountains.
To give yourself a tour, first visit the city's Art In Public website and refer to the interactive map shown here:
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