Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning


Public art is justified and sold based on a variety of purported public benefits, including spatial identity, enhanced use, and improved value. Very little research has been done to quantify these or any other large-scale impacts. In this study, the relationships between land value and public art are examined. Denver, Colorado was chosen as the area of study due to its extensive library of accessible data and its active public art program.

ArcGIS is used as an analytical tool to investigate these relationships. Public art data was obtained from Denver's GIS database and edited according to factors important to the execution of this study. Edited public art data is used to examine land value at the parcel level and in defined neighborhoods around the art site parcel. The relationships between site and neighborhoods determine a classification for the public art sites. This study is intended to serve preliminarily, and follow-up studies will be necessary to draw firm conclusions about public art and its spatial impacts.



Faculty Mentor

Shujuan Li

Departmental Honors Advisor

Bo Yang