Fayetteville, Arkansas is known as a great arts destination with many public works from large murals to little-known gems tucked in the nooks and crannies. We recently wandered around Fayetteville taking in the natural beauty and snapped a few shots of some of our favorite art pieces. If you haven’t explored the art scene in Fayetteville, add that to your bucket list! Check these out:
1. Traffic boxes (pictured above) are often overlooked, but an initiative by the Fayetteville Police Department has spiced them up in an effort to discourage graffiti and add beauty to the town. The box was painted by the Fayetteville High School Art Department and is at the intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Dickson Street by the Kappa Sigma house on the edge of the University of Arkansas campus.
Even the most critical art aficionado will find something to admire in Fayetteville’s visual arts scene. From murals to utility boxes, you’ll find unique works of art all over the city!
And if you look down at an otherwise plain storm drain, you might be surprised to find something beautiful staring back up at you. Upstream Art is a project by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the City of Fayetteville and local artists. The program is designed to draw attention to storm drains and the effects of water run-off.
“I think just hosting the program brings a lot of attention to their educational message. The physical, visual reminders help people be more aware of their environment,” said artist Elizabeth Sharp who painted a drain in 2014. “As an artistic outlet, public art is unlike any other practice. Being outdoors, down town, meeting people and creating your work is all part of what makes it satisfying. I felt like I had been given a small piece of the world that I could put my imagination into and share with everyone.”