With galleries, restaurants, theaters and other art-displaying venues shuttered to maintain safe social distancing, public art in the great outdoors has never seemed so vital.
The sculptures that enliven our local paths have been carefully rendered by recognized artists for a variety of reasons. In conjunction with the city, some artworks were commissioned by our local and state arts organizations to commemorate events or honor residents, others to provide beauty or provoke feelings.
Viewing Spokane’s public art in the fresh air by foot or bike is a fantastic option for staying healthy while remaining engaged in something resembling civic life. And did we mention it’s free?
“I love thinking about those shared experiences of viewing public art between people,” said Melissa Huggins, executive director of Spokane Arts.
“That’s the beauty of experiencing art, in any form, whether you’re reading a book, listening to music, watching someone dance: You’re experiencing another