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.

Brilliance, Palo Alto

You’ll find this family of six interactive lantern-like sculptures on the walkways near the Palo Alto Main library and Arts Center. Each sculpture has an interior LED light that’s touch sensitive which means little ones can change the colors when they get up close. The sculptures are cut out of steel and welded together, wrapped in text in a range of languages reflecting the diversity of the community. Main Library, Palo Alto Online: Photo credit: City of Palo Altofuck

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

–Erin Feher, Emily Myers and Garrick Ramirez