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Public Art Around the U.S.

Public Art Around the U.S.

  • Eight art installations in the United States worth venturing to see.

PALM SPRINGS, CA

Popsicles
No, this is not a desert mirage! Giant popsicles have popped up in Palm Springs by artist John Cerney, known for his large roadside installations. The popsicles are keeping Palm Springs cool—and yes, pun intended. See Popsicles while you can, as they’ll be gone by the New Year.

@visitpalmsprings  | visitpalmsprings.com

 

VALENTINE, TEXAS

Prada Marfa
Located on a lonely stretch of highway, Prada Marfa is modeled after a Prada boutique and is home to the fashion house’s 2005 collection of shoes and bags. The piece is by artists Elmgreen & Dragset.

@visitmarfatx  | visitmarfa.com

 

PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Her Secret Is Patience
Suspended above the new two-city-block Civic Space Park, the 145-foot-tall aerial sculpture was created by artist Janet Echelman. The sculpture consists of painted galvanized steel, twine netting and colored lights.

@visitphoenix  | visitphoenix.com

 

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

LightRails
Installed in a 1931 art deco railroad underpass, LightRails is an architectural light sculpture by artist Bill FitzGibbons.

@inbirmingham  | birminghamal.org

 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Cloud Gate
Created by artist Sir Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate—also referred to as “The Bean”—is one of Chicago’s most popular sights.

@choosechicago | choosechicago.com

           

TACOMA, WASHINGTON

Fluent Steps
Located at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, Fluent Steps is a glass sculpture created by artist Martin Blank.

@traveltacoma  | traveltacoma.com

 

DENVER, COLORADO

I See What You Mean
Denver artist Lawrence Argent’s Blue Bear is a Mile High City must-see, as it curiously peeks into the Denver Convention Center.

@visitdenver | denver.org

 

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

Rocket
Located on the Boca Raton Innovation Campus and created by artist Hubert Phipps, Rocket is valued at $1.5 million, stands 30 feet tall, weighs 9.8 tons, and took more than 2,200 square feet of stainless steel to construct.

@bocamuseum| bocamuseum.org


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This story is from our Winter 2021-2022 issue. Read more here.