Public Art for the purposes of the Culture Master Plan, refers to art found in the public realm that has undergone a formal art selection process administered by City of Mississauga Public Art Program. Public art is publicly accessible to all citizens and can be in any medium/media, take on any shape, form or scale. Public art can be permanent or temporary. Public art can include, but is not limited to, artist led community art, mural art, installation, digital, hoarding, sculpture and street art. These works can be standalone site-specific works or they can be integrated or semi-integrated into other functioning design elements such as street furniture, architecture or landscape architecture.
Temporary Public Art: can exist as an installation or festival, and is not intended to last forever. Temporary public art can last for a few months to up to 15 years, and will only be maintained if damages occur within the given time period.
Permanent Public Art: most commonly existing as a sculpture, permanent public art has also been integrated into playgrounds, and public squares. Permanent public art requires a maintenance plan and maintenance budget, and its conception often integrates a certain level of community consultation, as it will become an everlasting feature of the community.