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LIVERMORE, CA-One percent of the total construction cost of publicly-funded projects here must be set aside for public art, according to the regulation passed here last week. Although Livermore’s new regulations are a first for the Tri-Valley area, other nearby cities including Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon already have provisions that encourage public art. One example is software firm PeopleSoft’s “arch” that stretches across a large strip near Downtown Pleasanton.

Livermore art committee chairman Herman Leider says public art is key to the city–a place being rapidly built up with office parks and numerous new housing tracts. Companies and home-seekers alike are flocking to Livermore, drawn by lower costs and a greater amount of space. Livermore’s Public Art Committee has identified several areas in need of public art. Those areas include Robertson and Max Baer Parks, the Springtown duck pond and the Airway Boulevard entrance to the Livermore Municipal Airport.

Existing public art pieces in the Livermore area include a mosaic, stained-glass windows, and a sculpture in and around the city’s new Civic Center Library. Another well-known piece of public art is the existing Monument to Peace sculpture, which is also in front of the library. But, officials said, those pieces and the few others that are scattered around Livermore are simply not enough.

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