Public Art Across America


A Love Your Parks Tour Story Series and Interactive Map Project by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, assigned by contemporary figurative artist Victoria Chick

Contemporary figurative artist Victoria Chick discusses the history and benefits of art in public spaces on BigBlendRadio.


Public art not only employs artists, it helps interpret the stories of a region, provides a sense of place and in turn, beautifies a community. It’s a win-win situation, and as we travel across America we have seen the steady growth of public art programs in historic downtown districts, contemporary cities, and parks and public spaces. It’s free for the viewer, and whether on foot, behind the wheel, or peddling a bicycle, it can be a fun treasure hunt and a unique way to explore a community. We’ve followed jogging and cycling trails and taken self-guided walking and driving tours, and viewed all kinds of art forms from sculptures and murals to painted electric boxes and drains, mosaic tiled steps and even metal work on bridges.

Follow along as we map and share the stories of each public art site and destination on our Love Your Parks Tour, and, if you want to learn more about the history of Public Art, see artist Victoria Chick’s article on this site, “Art in Public Spaces.”



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