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.

From Snowfall to Outfall at SFPUC

The new SF Public Utilities Commission building hides awesome artworks like a 58-foot digital mural that curves along a lobby wall and displays a series of interactive, animated programs. Our favorite, “From Snowfall to Outfall,” illustrates how San Francisco gets its water. Little ones can trace the burbling flow of aqua from the mountains of Yosemite (populated with animated bears and deer) across the state to our city by the bay. Along the way, motion-activated graphics pop up VH1-style to lend more info. Check out this 2-minute video for a great overview of the piece.

Lobby of SFPUC Building
525 Golden Gate Ave.

Photo credit: Nils-Petter Ekwall

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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