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.

Blackie, Tiburon

This life-size bronze at Blackie’s Pasture is by Bay Area artist Albert Guibara. The portrait is of Blackie, a swaybacked mare who was stabled in the Presidio until his retirement in the 'forties. After that he became a cutting horse for rodeos and then, when he was twelve, he went to live on the Tiburon Peninsula. For decades he was a feature of the landscape, visited by children and adults who came to feed him carrots and hay. This bronze memorial was installed in 1995 and the everlasting Blackie has been a visitor attraction that has become as well loved as the real horse once was. With it’s nearby playground, an outing to see Blackie’s sculpture can happily fill a morning.


Photo credit: Courtesy of Albert Guibara

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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