Fayetteville, Arkansas is known as a great arts destination with many public works from large murals to little-known gems tucked in the nooks and crannies. We recently wandered around Fayetteville taking in the natural beauty and snapped a few shots of some of our favorite art pieces. If you haven’t explored the art scene in Fayetteville, add it to your bucket list!
1. Traffic boxes (pictured above) are often overlooked, but an initiative by the Fayetteville Police Department has spiced them up to discourage graffiti and enhance the beauty to the town. The box was painted by the Fayetteville High School Art Department and is at the intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Dickson Street by the Kappa Sigma house on the edge of the University of Arkansas campus.
2. Lake Fayetteville is one of the most beautiful spots in town. If you’ve ridden your bike on the trail or perhaps jogged down it, then you’ve probably seen this 37-foot-long mural by Amy Eichler. The mural captures the beauty and innocence of summer days on the lake. See it for yourself the next time you’re in north Fayetteville.
3. Dickson Street is the heart of Fayetteville’s nightlife and the taproom at Brewski’s is always hopping. The next time you’re there check out this work by Joelle Storet, which was painted for the December 2012 Mayan calendar party. Storet’s works can be seen at different murals throughout Fayetteville.
4. Hank Kaminsky’s sculpture titled theWorld Peace Prayer Fountain is an icon of public art in Fayetteville. Located in front of the Fayetteville Town Center at 15 W. Center St., the 10-foot spherical bronze sculpture is layered with the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” reportedly in more than 100 languages. According to the artists’ website, the sculpture weighs about 8,000 pounds, and can be turned by hand “like a prayer wheel.”
5. Jason Jones’ mural Enjoy Local has become a Fayetteville staple. Located in the Fayetteville Town Center Plaza at 15 W. Center St., Enjoy Local combines Fayetteville’s eclectic art and beautiful scenery. When speaking about the mural Jones said, “I don’t want my work to compete with the surroundings. I want it to fit in and add to it.”