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No work of art shall be contracted for or placed or erected on property of the City and County or become the property of the City and County by purchase, gift or otherwise, except for any museum or art gallery, unless such work of art, or a design or model of the same as required by the Arts Commission, together with the proposed location of such work of art, shall first have been submitted to and approved by the Commission. The term "work of art" as used in this Section shall comprise paintings, mural decorations, stained glass, statues, bas reliefs or other sculptures; monuments, fountains, arches or other structures of a permanent or temporary character intended for ornament or commemoration. No existing work of art in the possession of the City and County shall be removed, relocated or altered in any way without the approval of the Commission, except as otherwise provided herein. The Commission shall have similar powers with respect to the design of buildings, bridges, viaducts, elevated ways, approaches, gates, fences, lamps or other structures erected or to be erected upon land belonging to the City and County, and concerning arches, bridges, structures and approaches which are the property of any corporation or private individual and which shall extend over or upon any street, avenue, highway, park or public place belonging to the City and County. Said Commission shall so act and its approval shall be required for every such structure which shall hereafter be erected or contracted for, and may advise in respect to lines, grades and platting of public ways and grounds.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to limit or abridge the legal powers of the governing boards of the War Memorial, the Fine Arts Museums or the Asian Art Museum.
The Commission shall supervise and control the expenditure of all appropriations made by the Board of Supervisors for music and the advancement of art or music.
The Commission shall exercise all reasonable supervision of policy connected with the arts as may hereafter be assigned to it by ordinance or executive action.
The Commission shall decide upon any expenditure of less than $1,000 within 15 days after submission, and upon any other matter within 30 days after submission. If it fails so to do, its decision shall be considered unnecessary.
The Commission may volunteer advice or suggestion to the owners of private property in relation to the beautification of the same; and any person contemplating to erect any building or make any improvement may submit the plans and designs or sketches thereof to the Commission for advice and suggestions, for which no charge shall be made by the Commission.
(Added by Ord. 352-96, App. 9/11/96)