Museums Without Walls: Public Art to See for Free

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The Bay Area is home to some world-class art, some of it housed in big name institutions. But you don’t necessarily have to fork out any entrance fees to get your culture fix with the kids. Over the years millions of dollars have been spent on public art, executed by both international artists and critically acclaimed home grown talent. Think Richard Serra, Diego Rivera and Leo Villareal to name a few. It’s kid-friendly, free and just waiting to be discovered. Click through for the best of the Bay Area’s public art for pint-sized patrons.

Wave Oculus, Oakland

On the waterside Bay Trail, this mini circular pier is covered with thousands of small stainless steel mirrors that are angled down to reflect snapshots of the water’s surface and create the impression it has been digitized. Artist Ned Kahn wanted to create a piece of work that merged the land and water and tapped into local history. Khan also collaborated with landscapers to design the stroller-friendly park where you'll find the Wave Oculus with its views of Alameda.

Union Point Park,
Oakland, Ca

Photo credit: Courtesy of Ned Khan

What is your favorite piece of public art? Let us know in the comments below.

–Erin Feher, Emily Myers and Garrick Ramirez

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