10 Displays of Public Art You Have to See

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One of the 50 Love Letter murals in Philadelphia that you can see by Steve Powers.  Photo: Siobhan-gallagher.com

One of the 50 Love Letter murals in Philadelphia that you can see by Steve Powers.
Photo: Siobhan-gallagher.com

While we love a good museum field trip, there’s something extra special about stumbling upon amazing art in public spaces. Heading to work becomes a culturally enriching experience when you unexpectedly pass by installments right in your neighborhood. Check out some of our favorites below.

Spinning Our Wheels in Seattle, WA

Photo: Portseattle.org

Photo: Portseattle.org

These 24 vibrantly colored spinning wheels by Linda Beaumont can be seen at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Rental Car Facility in Seattle, Washington.

Troka Troka in Bay Area, CA

Photo: Anateresafernandez.com

Photo: Anateresafernandez.com

These trucks belong to workers who drive around the Bay Area of Northern California and collect materials to be recycled. They are changing the urban ecosystem and creating communities that actively recycle. The once worn down trucks have been transformed into colorful displays of art by Ana Teresa Fernandez.

Prairie Logic in Kansas City, MO

Photo: Pushingtheflywheel.com

Photo: Pushingtheflywheel.com

Janet Zweig and a team of architects in Kansas City built this boxcar and did some planting to create a prairie on top of a downtown building. The boxcar acts as a space for public art performances — whether it’s bands, theater, readings etc.

Love Letter in Philadelphia, PA

Photo: Withart.visitphilly.com

Photo: Withart.visitphilly.com

Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love and it makes sense that Steve Powers covered the sides of buildings in all types of love letters (50 rooftop murals to be exact!) We’re suckers for a good lover letter or two, whether it’s for a significant other, family member, friend…or perhaps a city.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes in Los Angeles, CA

Photo: La.streetsblog.org

Photo: La.streetsblog.org

If you’re in the LA area make sure you stop at Kim Abeles’ latest project. Featured are a bronze casting of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work boots along with photographs of other shoes from history that belonged to people who helped with the Civil Rights movement (think Rosa Parks, James Brown etc).

Playable Art in Atlanta, GA

Photo: Reporternewspapers.net

Photo: Reporternewspapers.net

It’s important to remember children when thinking about art installations and the Abernathy Greenway in Georgia certainly did that by introducing Playable Art for the kiddies to play on. Seven artists crafted six larger than life sculptures for both kids and their parents to enjoy.

Alfredo Barsuglia’s Pool in Mojave Dessert

Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

In order to have access to this gem of a pool you’ll have to visit the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood to get the longitude and latitude coordinates of this dessert art installment. You’ll also need a key (that you can only get from the museum) in order to open the pool cover and have access to take a dip!

The Fence in Boston, Brooklyn & Atlanta

Photo: Flashforwardfestival.com

Photo: Flashforwardfestival.com

You can check this photo exhibit out at the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston, the Brooklyn Bridge Park or the BeltLine in Atlanta until October! As the website says, “it takes a community to build a photo village.” The photographs on display are pictures that represent the idea of community, so make sure you go our and support your own community and it’s art projects! For more info on the artists involved check out their website.

Language of Birds in San Francisco, CA

Photo: Sfcitizen.com

Photo: Sfcitizen.com

Although this installation has been around for years, it still amazes us. Brian Goggin installed 23 sculpted and illuminated books overhead in San Francisco, which appear as birds in flight. If you take a stroll under this installation at night, you may feel like you’ve left the real world and have stepped into a Disney film.

Bignik in Stein, Switzerland

Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

Twin brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin have crafted a gigantic picnic blanket in Stein, Switzerland. The local community donated used towels, blankets, sheets etc all to help the brothers make this idea come to life. They plan to expand it every year so make sure you keep your eye on how it’s growing!

Tell Us

Now that you’ve seen some of our favorites, we’d love to know some of yours!

 

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