Worldwide Works of Art in Public Spaces

This month’s travelling tales theme on our Facebook page is sculpture or art in public places.

I wrote a post about some Street Sculptures in Brisbane I came across on a day in the city and thought it’d be fun to see what art works other people have noticed on their travels.

To set the tone Jean Doorn offered up some music for background 🙂

And all the time, the light is changing
And he keeps painting
That bit there, it was an accident
But he’s so pleased
It’s the best mistake, he could make
And it’s my favourite piece
It’s just great

The flick of a wrist
Twisting down to the hips
So the lovers begin, with a kiss
In a tryst
It’s just a smudge
But what it becomes
In his hands:
Curving and sweeping
Rising and reaching
I could feel what he was feeling
Lines like these have got to be
An architect’s dream

It’s always the same
Whenever he works on a pavement
It starts to rain
And all the time
The light is changing

Kate Bush ‘An Architect’s Dream’

Annabel Candy

Waiheke Island Sculpture walk in New Zealand. A bi-annual event in January. I hope sea sculptures count 🙂 But most of the sculptures are on land, they’re brilliant and the setting is sublime. Recommended for all art lovers and good for wine lovers too as there are many world class vineyards on Waiheke too. I was lucky to live there for 10 years.”

Waiheke Island Sculpture walk, New Zealand

Photo by: Annabel Candy

Sue Mills

“The life-size bronze pigs scavenging out of the rubbish bins in Rundell Mall in Adelaide, Australia are pretty memorable!”

Pigs in Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Photo by: ali_martin

Editor’s Note: There are four pigs called:

Horatio, Oliver, Truffles & Augusta

Pig in Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Photo by: Michelle Bartsch

This is Oliver in the rubbish!

Paul Hassing (Melbourne, Australia)

“I noticed several of these graffiti murals springing up around my neighbourhood.

I thought this one was particularly well composed, so I snapped it.

Two weeks later, it was defaced.

A week after that, it was completely painted over. Sad.

I hope the artist captured this work.

If not, here it is. 🙂 ”

Now Look Here

Em Funnell

“Pania of the Reef – Napier, New Zealand a famous statue, a figure of Maori mythology. You can read the story behind it here

Pania, Napier, New Zealand

Photo by: Gouldy99


GoBedRock tagged us as they too shared 5 street sculptures from around the world on their Facebook Page

The 'Oarsman' by David Phelps

Photo by: Steve Minor

The Oarsman can be found in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sculptor: David Phelps

(Its worth clicking the link to view some of his other work too!)

Sally Foley Lewis

“This is one of my favourites from the 212 sculptures in the museum park in Oslo, Norway.”

212 Sculptures Oslo Norway

Sculpture by Gustav Vigeland

Linda Fairbairn

Upon seeing Sally’s contribution (above) it made me think of  ‘Hush’ by Matt Baker, which I fell upon atop a Scottish cairn in Cairnsmore .

Atop the Clints of Dromore with 'Hush'

Sculpture by Matt Baker

‘Hush’ by Matt Baker

Joy Fairbairn

Port William is in the SW of Scotland. It is a village of 420. ‘The Man’ sculpture is erected overlooking Luce Bay and was created by Andrew Brown initially in ferro-concrete.  When it started to deteriorate the locals undertook extensive fund raising activity to come up with the 22,000 UK pounds required to get the work cast in bronze. In 2007, in true community spirit, that target was achieved and so The Man stands reflectively contemplating the Irish Sea.

The Man Port William Scotland[Editor’s note: What a lovely little new found friend ‘The Man’ has acquired 😉

Artworks suggested here have come from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Norway & Scotland ~

Where have you spotted some artworks in public spaces?

Share in the comments below 🙂

9 thoughts on “Worldwide Works of Art in Public Spaces

    • You’re right ~ It’s so uplifting to come across a work of art in a public space –
      And so giving – Offering joy for no return!
      With eyes peeled surprising how much is available to us, on our home turf, as illustrated in my Street Sculptures in Brisbane post, all seen during a day in my local vicinity 🙂

  1. Linda! What a fantastic compilation! We particularly LOVED the pigs. And “hush” was so beautiful and simple too.

    Thanks for the shout-out also. Glad we could help with your collection 🙂


    • Thanks for contributing Aimee!
      It seems part of the joy that comes from art in public spaces is their element of the unexpected that makes us stop and take stock for a moment – Brings us back to being in the ‘now’ –
      ‘Hush’ was ‘found’ after a hefty hike to the top an exposed Scottish ridge – The climb being rewarded in two ways – The view, and someone’s interpretation of what has gone before up there 🙂

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    • Love that image of you Patti helping the oarsman!
      But isn’t that the beauty of great art – it just looks as though it belongs… yet makes you stop and take notice of your surroundings for a moment 🙂

  3. I love street sculpture. There’s a lot of it in Melbourne, but I was pleased to find some in the country too, at Castlemaine. There was a fabulous marble cushion on a park bench.

    • That sounds like a brilliant street sculpture – a marble cushion on a park bench –
      I think that is part of their joy, when they appear out of no where at the most unexpected of moments and make you smile! 😀

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