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Public Art

updated 10/8/2020

Since the Council input in September 2018, the AB Advisory Committee has refined the design in conjunction with the Artist and advocated for funding.  Donor funding in the amount of $210,000 was finally realized in April 2020.  Since that time, the City executed the contract with Fung Collaboratives and Artist John Roloff, and the Advisory Committee has had meetings with Curators Lance Fung and John Talley and Artist Roloff to refine the designs further. 

In addition, in June 2020, a community survey was circulated to get the community member's suggestions on quotes from various authors that speak to Anson Burlingame's ideals on humanity and values.  Quotes were requested for the following principles. 

1. Equality

2. Freedom

3. Mutual Respect

4. Do the Right Thing

5. Free Speech and Thought

6. Helping Others

To further develop the project, a subcommittee was established on October 7, 2020, to assist Artist Roloff on the final selections of the written content that will be part of the design. 

Due to COVID-19, the timeline for the project has been pushed back.  The Advisory Committee hopes to have an updated timeline in early 2021. 


On 9/4/18 the Anson Burlingame Art Committee and artist John Roloff met with the Burlingame City Council during a study session to seek feedback about the Anson Burlingame art project conceptual design. To see the staff report, click here.  The City Council was asked to give input on the follow questions:

  1. Do the preliminary design options reflect the goals of the project? 
  2. Do the materiality, scale, and accessibility resonate with the City Council? 
  3. Are the representations of the preliminary design options relevant now and into the future? 
  4. Are there concerns about the artwork’s meaning and/or maintenance?
Artist John Roloff presented and explained his conceptual design. Click here for the slides from the meeting.

The City Council appreciated the simplicity of the wood design and preferred the benches. The text that will be incorporated on the benches is still yet to be identified but will capture the values represented by Anson Burlingame. Additionally the knot and infinity design resonated with the City Council. 

The next steps will be to seek funding. Additional opportunities for public input will be via a community survey. Check this site or the Burlingame City eNews for further information.



7/30/18 - The consultants received 18 RFQ submissions. Of the 18 submissions, 8 were disqualified because the artist didn’t meet the minimum requirements of the RFQ or didn’t follow the RFQ instructions. The consultants, based on their extensive art background, selected the top 7 most qualified and appropriate submissions for the Subcommittee’s review. After evaluation and discussion, the Subcommittee selected three artists to be interviewed on April 4, 2018: Kate Dodd, John Roloff and Stutz/Dihn. The Subcommittee interviewed all three artists and determined that John Roloff and Stutz/Dihn should be invited to the RFP phase. 

The two artists were given eight weeks to complete the RFP phase, and on June 7, 2018, the artists presented their statement of intent, a written description and visual representations of the artwork, a budget, and a timeline.  The Subcommittee discussed the aesthetics of the design(s), the manner in which Anson Burlingame would be honored by exemplifying his actions and philosophy, the relationship of the artwork to the site location, the commitment of the artist to the project, and the feasibility of the proposed budget.  The Subcommittee subsequently decided to continue working with John Roloff to continue refining the artwork in honor of Anson Burlingame if funding becomes available.  

Upcoming:  Study session with the City Council anticipated in September 2018.  

Click here for the City of Burlingame Public Art Project RFQ - due March 23, 2018.

In February 2017, the City Council held a study session to discuss commissioning a public art piece to commemorate and honor the City's namesake, Anson Burlingame. The City subsequently contracted with Fung Collaboratives to guide the City through the process of selecting and commissioning the public art. 

The first Public Art workshop was held Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  

Staff Reports and Related Information

Anson Burlingame Public Art Study Session Staff Report - 2.22.17

Public Art Staff Report 7.3.17

Art in Public Places Administrative Policy

Public Art Workshop Part 2 - Anson Burlingame The Man and His Legacy by David Chai, Ph.D

From the Association for Public Art website: "Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are."