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Public Art

Spectacular Vernacular

Spectacular Vernacular is a city-wide public arts initiative created to provide funding for civic art and urban design projects within the city of Lakewood. The goal of the program is to incentivize community-driven art and design projects.

Deadline for Proposals: April 9, 2020
Budget: Up to $5,000 for selected projects

Spectacular Vernacular RFP

Wagar Park Update – March 11, 2020

We are proud to announce the City of Lakewood’s resident-led selection panel identified the team of MKSK as the best and most qualified artist for the social seating arrangement at Wagar Park. MKSK was chosen through a two-part process based on criteria established by the public selection panel, input from students at Harding Middle School, and recommendations by Public Works.

MKSK’s conceptual proposal can be found here.

Wagar Park

The City of Lakewood is excited to launch the Art in the Parks Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Wagar Park.  This is the first step of a two-step process to select the best and most qualified public artist(s) for a social seating arrangement at Wagar Park.

RFQ Deadline: July 31, 2019
Budget: $50,000; all inclusive, for design, fabrication, and honorarium for finalists

Wagar Park RFQ


2018 LAMP

The goal of the Lakewood Art Mural Program (LAMP) is to energize private investment in quality public art in the form of murals that will enhance our commercial corridors and create a sense of place.


Rosewood Avenue Mural Project

In 2017, the City of Lakewood completed their first large-scale public art installation to pilot the closure of Rosewood Avenue for future Wagar Park expansion.  A timelapse of the process documents the work completed by the winning artist and Lakewood business, Studio Chartreuse.


Ice Cream Social celebrating the completion of the Street Mural. Photos by Bridget Caswell.


Custom Bike Racks & Bus Stops

Existing infrastructure can also be seen as an opportunity for public art.  Custom bike racks have been installed around the city to add interest to our parks and transit waiting environments.  RTA has worked with the city to install custom artwork on the bus shelters.








Custom bike racks at Madison Park and outside Lakewood City Hall.

Detroit/Warren Transit Waiting Environment Designed by Sheila Weil & Joseph DeLuca.