Public Art & Sculpture

The City of Sterling Heights and its 132,000+ residents take great pride in supporting the arts. Sculptures by famed artists David Bollman (Badge of Honor), Mark Beltchenko (Xs & O), Edward Chesney (*Fireman & Child), Marshall Frederick (Two Bears), Thomas Haynes (Centipede), Ray Katz (Burst), John Piet (Spiral Note), Ronald Farrington Sharp (In Use), Janice Trimpe (Sarah's Heirloom), Marcia Wood (Spirit of Sterling Heights) and Bernadette Zachara-Marcos (Ring Around the Rosie) are on permanent display throughout the Sterling Heights City Center and at *Fire Station #5.

Public Art & Sculpture Map

As the City of Sterling Heights continues to grow its increasingly impressive public art collection, the City’s IT Department created an app called “Art Map” that uses GIS technology to identify the location of all major pieces of public art commissioned by the City in an easy-to-use digital format. The Art Map is accessible here or by downloading the City of Sterling Heights’ phone app Sterling Connect in the Apple, Android or Google Play store.

Mural Program

Following the successful launch of the City of Sterling Heights’ first-ever Public Art Mural Program in 2018, the Sterling Heights Arts Commission is seeking businesses interested in participating by offering a side of their building or business in the name of supporting the continued expansion of public art.

Under the 2019 Mural Program, interested businesses will fill out a form on the City’s website identifying their building and designated wall for the purpose of public art. If selected by the City to participate, the business owner will be required to sign the City’s lease agreement for $1 a year for five years, for a total of $5. The City will then commission the artist and install the public art mural.

Selected businesses for the 2019 Mural Program will be invited (but not required) to attend an Arts Commission meeting this spring to meet the commissioners and share any thoughts they may have about the theme or motif for the mural. Ultimately, the City will select the design.  

To be considered for the program, interested business owners can go to and fill out the form. Murals as part of this year’s Public Art Program will be installed sometime between May and October 2019.

Supporters of the Arts

Art supporters such as the Sterling Heights Cultural Commission, Friends of the Sterling Heights Library and the Sterling Heights Community Foundation work to foster an appreciation of the arts for years to come.

Throughout these pages you'll read about the great individual pieces that have found a permanent home in Sterling Heights. You can also learn about the Cultural Commission's 5th outdoor public sculpture exhibition, "SterlingScapes V" that has placed additional contemporary pieces on the City Center grounds.