Art in Public Places

Posted by Brittany Willison on 10/12/2020

Edmond is an art lovers paradise.

With more than 230 murals, sculptures and installations, Edmond is exploding with incredible public art worth experiencing. You would be hard-pressed to walk or drive through the city without seeing a handful of creative pieces thoughtfully chosen by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission. Edmond has been a hub for art lovers for decades and art installations have only increased in the past few years. This year alone the commission has installed five new pieces and have seven more coming soon.

The beauty of Edmond’s growing art collection is that many pieces are chosen or contributed by residents. Every piece carries a unique story, origin and meaning – many of which honor the lives of Edmondites who have passed. Newer pieces incorporate interactive art including “I’m Grateful” a chalkboard display by artist Zonly Looman that entices passersby to stop and reflect on what they’re thankful for. Another interactive piece by Looman titled “Key To My Heart” echoes the tradition of lovers adding locks to the famous Love Lock Bridge in Paris by encouraging visitors to add locks to the large steel piece.

There are two great ways to experience Edmond’s art scene for yourself. For just $15 a person, you can sign up for the city’s Art in Public Places Tour. The guided tour has both walking and driving portions that provide a look and lesson behind the art that makes Edmond special. The walking portion covers most of downtown while the driving portion spans to the east including a stop for lunch at Pop’s on historic Route 66. Transportation is provided by Edmond Parks and Recreation using a 15-passenger van. The second way to experience the city’s art is by mapping it out for yourself. Visit Edmond provides an interactive map on their website that shows visitors the location of every public art installation.

With diverse pieces around every corner, the city’s works of public art are a staple of our community. Enjoy!