The Art Benches Of Palm Springs Poster is available for purchase from Destination PSP in-person and online: [Purchase Here]
Information on the artists can be found at the VisitPalmSprings.com website.
Last year the city of Palm Springs considered replacing the dozens of existing concrete benches that line Palm Canyon. The project would have cost more than $400,000. Instead, Main Street Palm Springs, the city of Palm Springs’ Downtown and Uptown Business Association, worked with the Public Arts Commission to offer a series of grants to local artists to transform the benches. These grants originated from a fund created by local developers (not city tax dollars) that was restricted for only public art projects. It enabled Main Street and the Public Arts Commission to employ local artists during the pandemic, when many were not working.
More than 70 local artists were hired for the project, each of whom got paid more than $1,000. The benches currently extend from the uptown area to South Palm Canyon and many side streets, so hundreds of businesses have already benefitted by the interest and traffic. Where possible, the artists’ designs for the benches were selected to tie into the businesses near the bench location.
Destination PSP designed a commemorative poster to feature many of the newly painted benches and will sell these posters for $25. All funds raised from poster sales will be directed back to the local artists and Main Street merchants.
“We are delighted that the public has responded so well to the bench program,” said Jeffrey Bernstein, former Main Street Board Member and owner of Destination PSP. “Rather than replacing these expensive benches, Main Street Palm Springs decided to help our local artists by coordinating Public Arts Commission grants to beautify them. We commissioned this poster to recognize this exciting project and look forward to presenting a signed copy to the Palm Springs City Council.”