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The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Monday Noon Club volunteers are giving public art a “hug” by providing landscape maintenance for the City’s Oh Great Spirit public art. 

Generously donated to the City by Don and Teri Ernst in 2011.  Oh Great Spirit is located at the corner of Prado Road and South Higuera Street, SLO’s entrance to the Bob Jones Trail. This bronze statue, standing over 11 feet tall and weighing more than 800 pounds, was created by nationally renowned artist Nell Banister Scruggs.  She describes her piece as honoring the sensitive connections between people, plants, medicine and health the Native Americans first discovered.

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., the City Public Art Program and Rotary Monday Noon Club volunteers will be out at Oh Great Spirit giving this location some much needed TLC.   Please Come Join Us!

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Interested in Volunteering for Public Art Maintenance projects, email

The City's Public Art Program has 70 unique pieces of public art ranging from murals, mosaics, oil and water color paintings, utility box art, stained glass, sculptures, benches, bridge railings, and more may be seen throughout the City.

SLO Public Art Inventory
Policy Manual
Public Art Master Plan

Discover the Public Art in San Luis Obispo through an Interactive Storyboard Map:

Art Around SLO

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The Parks and Recreation Department oversees the City's vibrant Public Art Program which consists of three distinct components:

  • CITY-OWNED PUBLIC ART: The City of San Luis Obispo currently administers a Visual Arts in Public Places program which encourages public art in new and existing buildings, parks, streets and other development projects for the enjoyment its citizens and visitors. For most of its capital projects, the City sets aside 1% of the construction cost to a citywide fund used to support other worthwhile public art projects. 

  • PRIVATE ART IN PUBLIC PLACES (AIPP): The City also has an ordinance in place requiring the placement of public art, valued at 0.5% of the total construction cost, on privately-funded, non-residential constructions projects costing in excess of $100,000. 

  • PRIVATE DONATIONS OF PUBLIC ART: An additional and important source of of public art is that which is privately funded and located in a public place. The City has been the recipient of several excellent pieces obtained through the private donation program. To donate artwork to the City, please fill out this Art Donation Application.

View the City's Public Art Policies and Procedures here.

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Notice something that needs a little TLC? Help by being our eyes and ears out in the field. Email Here: to report a problem or maintenance request. 

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