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.

Wood Line, San Francisco

This sinuous line of logs weaves between eucalyptus trees in the Presidio and is surely the most artistic of balance beams. With so much natural material lying around, leaves, eucalyptus pods and branches, the kids will soon be inspired to create site-specific art of their own, whether it’s a stick fort or a shape on the ground. Land artist, Andy Goldsworthy, has strong ties with the Presidio and you can even create your own Goldsworthy walking tour: head down to Main Post to discover his “Tree Fall” in the old munitions house (open on weekends only), drop into the Presidio Officers Club to see “Earth Wall” (conveniently located near the bathrooms) and then circle back up Ecology Trail where his piece entitled “Spire” towers over the young Cypress trees. Presidio, San Francisco, Ca Online: http://www.for-site.org Photo credit: Emily Myersfuck

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

–Erin Feher, Emily Myers and Garrick Ramirez