Public art is everywhere, and this is the season for getting out and viewing it. Which is why I’ve started using Wednesdays on Caterpickles to highlight public art projects happening now in various parts of the country. With that, let’s take a quick (virtual) trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Public Art of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Title: Let’s Keep It Clean, 2014
Artist: Jeffi O’Kane
Location: Spring Street and Church Ave
Photo Source: Stephen Ironside, via the Fayetteville Interactive Public Art Map
Associated Public Art Project:
Created in 2007, the Fayetteville Arts Council has spent the past 11 years spearheading a number of arts projects to both enrich Fayetteville’s public spaces and increase community engagement. Last summer’s Green Candy Art Auction, which the Arts Council developed in cooperation with Just Kids, prompted a community-wide conversation about waste and sustainability issues. Similarly, Upstream Art, Fayetteville’s storm drain mural project sponsored by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, both beautifies Fayetteville’s public spaces and raises awareness about the importance of conserving the town’s water resources.
Of course, like many other towns across the U.S., Fayetteville also uses public art to brighten its buildings, public parks, bike racks, and utility boxes.
Want to see it yourself?
Fayetteville makes it really easy for local residents and visitors to find its public art. They’ve created a wonderful interactive map to the various art works around town.
Next time you’re in Fayetteville, take a few minutes and look around. I bet you’ll spot something surprising. When you do, we’d love to hear about it here on Caterpickles or Twitter (@shalahowell).
Happy public art hunting!
- Public Art in NWA: Reviving the Ordinary! (Explore Northwest Arkansas)
- Public Art (City of Fayetteville, Arkansas)
- Public Art in Fayetteville (Experience Fayetteville)
- Public arts activity contributing to regional ‘rebranding’ (TB&P)
- Interactive map to Fayetteville’s public art
- What’s That, Mom?: How to use public art to engage your children with the world around them… without being an artist yourself by Shala Howell (Did you know I had a book about public art? It’s full of tips for viewing public art with kids ages 3-10. This link takes you to Amazon, but it’s also available on IndieBound.)
- What’s That, Mom? (The Journal): Field Notes from your Encounters with Public Art out in the Wild by Shala Howell (A customized journal for viewing public art with kids. This link takes you to Amazon, but you can also find it on IndieBound.)