No need to go indoors to enjoy art. Take in the both natural and man-made beauty at theses urban outdoor spaces featuring sculptures, monuments and other artistic works, recommended by the travel experts at The GO Group, an international ground transportation company:
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park in Indianapolis, located on 100-acres, is one of the largest art parks in the country and one of only a few to feature ongoing commissions of temporary, site-responsive artworks. It also features woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and a 35-acre lake.
Downtown Chicago is known for its Picasso, Chagall, Jean Miro and Cloudscape, aka, “The Bean” at Millennium Park. But other works can be found at Navy Pier and along the lakefront. The Chicago Parks Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition features 64 renowned artists and was organized by Chicago Sculpture International in collaboration with the Chicago Park District. New this year is Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo, open May through October on the zoo grounds.
Visit Old San Juan in Puerto Rico and you will find yourself surrounded in art, with outdoor sculptures, Spanish tile work and the buildings themselves, which contain ornate iron work and distinctive architectural details. Additionally, there are many sculptures including Totem pole in the Plaza del Quinto Centenario, a monument that was the main part of the 500th anniversary commemoration of Columbus’ discovery of the New World and Raices Fountain. Located in at the end of the Paseo de la Princesa it depicts the origins of Puerto Ricans.
On the west coast, head to The Olympic Sculpture Park, which sits on 9-acres of park and beach located at the northern end of the Seattle seawall and the southern end of Myrtle Edwards Park. Notable works include Echo, named for the nymph of Greek mythology who offended the goddess Hera. Seattle Cloud Cover is a glass bridge that incorporates images of the changing sky discovered in nature and art.
In 1827, President John Quincy Adams declared Baltimore “the Monumental City,” a moniker still used today. There are more than 250 sculptures found throughout the city, including the Francis Scott Key Monument, the Armistead Monument, and the Lafayette and Latrobe monuments among others. The city offers guided tours for history buffs.
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