The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is excited to celebrate the installation of the Fifth Street Parking Garage Public Art Project in downtown Santa Rosa. The site-specific mural, titled Help each other grow, by Rough Edge Collective (MJ Lindo-Lawyer and Joshua Lawyer) was completed this summer. A dedication ceremony will be held on Friday, August 19, 5:30 – 7 p.m., in front of the mural at 735 Fifth St. The public is invited to attend the event.
The project’s primary goal has been to increase the visibility of the often overlooked Fifth Street Garage while enhancing the pedestrian experience. The art not only improves the aesthetics of the garage, but it also distinguishes it from neighboring structures, serving as a creative wayfinding and identification element.
The Fifth Street Parking Garage is located at 735 Fifth St. on the north side of Fifth Street between Beaver and Orchard Streets in downtown Santa Rosa. A call for artists was released in February 2021, seeking qualified artists and artists teams based in Northern California.
After a public survey and initial selection process, three finalists were identified and invited to submit design proposals. The Selection Panel ultimately chose work by Rough Edge Collective (MJ Lindo-Lawyer and Joshua Lawyer) for this site-specific project. The Selection Panel was comprised of six people representing downtown residents, downtown businesses, the Art in Public Places Committee, arts professionals, and the City’s Parking Division.
Visit srcity.org/FifthStreetGarageArt for more information about this project and project updates.