Collected by Kristin Zibell, AFAR Local Expert
Public art can take many forms, but my favorite are larger-than-life sculpture gardens. This wanderlist containt places where the art surprises and then blends into the space.
Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
On a jetty jutting out into the Sea of Japan, toward a pine-covered lighthouse isle, this metal tree of hearts is a rendezvous spot on the NE coast of South Korea. Visitors from all over Asia come to Sokcho to eat seafood and to see where scenes...
Cihelná 635/2b, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia
Located right in front of the Franz Kafka museum in the Lesser Town (Mala Strana) area of Prague, is one of the funniest fountains I’ve ever seen. Two bronze sculptures in the form of two men pee into a Czech Republic-shaped enclosure. Created by...
Loma de Marion, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Sitting in the square having a coffee is a great way to people watch in Cartagena. There seems to be something happening behind every wooden shutter of every building as well as in the street. I was struck by how friendly the local people were to...
No. 200, Wenhua Road, Yingge District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 239
Escape from Taipei for the day to Yingge (鶯歌), a small town located a short train ride away in New Taipei City, and once the thriving center of the Taiwanese ceramics industry. Several large kilns dot the town's riverbank, still in use today by...
Scibono Discovery Centre, Miriam Makeba Street, corner of President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
On the western edge of downtown Johannesburg, a neighborhood named Newtown has emerged as the city’s cultural heart. Once a gritty industrial center, Newtown is now a gathering place for South African writers, artists, and musicians. Begin your...
2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Here's a bold claim: the Olympic Sculpture Park might just have something for everyone. Located on the waterfront, not far from Pike Place Market, it features great views of Puget Sound (well, on clear days) and the ferries going back and forth....
52 Huyền Trân Công Chúa, Hoà Hải, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
...or take the elevator (seriously!) to experience this network of temples and intricate sculpture. Incense is sold throughout the complex, and people sell all kinds of marble wares on the street level.
Kirkeveien, 0268 Oslo, Norway
When I visited Vigeland Park on a beautiful sunny day last August I simply couldn't believe my eyes. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. Absolutely breathtaking... I spent hours there wandering around the...
FIGUEROA ALCORTA, PRES. AV. 2301, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Located in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas in Buenos Aires, the Floralis Generica is a 75 foot high steel and aluminium sculpture of a flower by Eduardo Catalano. Situated in the center of a park, the sculpture has an electrical mechanism that...
Japan, 〒105-0021 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, 港区Higashishinbashi, 1 Chome−9−2
It was a magical surprise to come upon the NI-TELE Really BIG Clock at the Nippon Television Tower. This huge mechanical clock designed by Hayao Miyazaki (creator of many anime classics) plays musical, animated shows five times daily. It's so...
Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Walking in one of Seoul's newer neighborhoods south of the Han River, this unlikely art caught my eye: a sculpture of backpack-toting gorilla climbing up an apartment building. The Gangnam district of Seoul has splashes of whimsy among the new...
Fashion District, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
Cool little park in the heart of the CBD. Originally the home of the Impala Stampede sculpture that is now on the Main Street pedestrian mall, and donated by the founder of Anglo American and De Beers. The park struggled In the CBD's down years,...
Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA
Everyone loves the San Francisco cable cars. The classic trolley are cute relic of a time before buses and cars – and they give a great retro-style tour of the city's hills, and neighbourhoods: Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and the...
Bridge St & Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
This sculpture was commissioned for the Museum of Sydney and developed by an indigenous and non-indigenous artist working together: Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence. The name of the sculpture comes from an essay by historian Rhys Jones, 1985: "…the...
51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773, USA
The DeCordova Gift Store features a highly curated collection of gifts in the fine craft category. Don't miss the artist of the month, along with a terrific selection for kids toys, games, and books. Artisan jewelry, housewares, and art supplies...
China, Guangxi, Guilin Shi, Yanshan Qu, 026 Country Rd, 大埠乡
A giant gray Mao-style suit hangs on a red hook from the face of a massive rock. This sculpture by Chinese artist Zhu Yu is one of more than 200 contemporary works on display at Yuzi Paradise, a 1,320-acre outdoor sculpture park surrounded by...
891 Naramata Rd, Penticton, BC V2A 8T5, Canada
Naramata is a community full of quirky artists and dream-realizing vintners. Together they create wineries rich and varied in architecture, unique wine labels and gallery/tasting room combinations. Here at Red Rooster Winery, for example, you can...
Kipande Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
At the National Museum in Nairobi, if you push past the Snake Park and the herb garden, you'll find a lovely winding brick pathway with wooden and stone sculptures overlooking a river. It has several of the poorer residents washing clothes or just...
Hall Office Park, Frisco, TX 75034, USA
With over 150 original local pieces on display, the Texas Sculpture Garden continually inspires visitors and locals alike. Walking through the exhibits is peaceful as you pass peaceful ponds and fountains. Created to benefit the Texas community,...