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.

Cupid’s Span

With cartoon colors and a plastic-smooth surface, this 60-foot landmark to love could easily be a toy plucked from your child's collection and blown up to architectural scale. Such is the work of Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, who punctuated this waterfront patch of green with a gargantuan bow & arrow. Let your little cherub scamper about its Rincon Park home while you take in views of the bay and downtown skyline. Afterwards, aim yourself toward the Ferry Building for a mid-day treat.

Embarcadero between Folsom and Howard Sts.

Photo credit: Victor Solanoy

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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