Taking Art to the Streets

Public art displays add visual interest to downtown Wichita.

As one of the first cities in the United States to commission public art under a National Endowment for the Arts program, Wichita has literally taken art to the streets. In 1991 the City of Wichita took a visionary approach by supporting the inclusion of public art in capital improvement projects. These actions along with generous donations from private citizens, business and community leaders have transformed Downtown Wichita into an area full of visual interest and energy. 

The bronze statues donated by the Devore Family Foundation and placed along Douglas Avenue and the recently installed Sculpture WalkAbout in Old Town, a competitive year-long sculpture exhibiton of the region's premier three-dimensional artists, are just some of the fabulous pieces that decorate Downtown Wichita. Numerous statues, fountains, monuments and memorials dot our parks, buildings and sidewalks. Art now adorns everything from bridges and street pavers to retaining walls and tree grates. This public display is a feast for the eyes and generates public awareness of the importance of art in our everyday lives.

 

2012 Sculpture Walkabout
Promise of America
Fountains at WaterWalk
WaterWalk Sculpture
Soda Fountain

Fountains at WaterWalk

Every weekend, Friday through Sunday, the Fountains at WaterWalk are set for a choreographed music, light and water show. The 10-15 minute show, found at 605 N. Wichita Street, incorporates several genres of music including country, classic rock and classical. The Fountains at WaterWalk were installed in October 2012 to support aesthetics and quality of life in the core area and encourage economic development near the riverfront. They are 150-feet long and have more than 1,200 custom designed and patented nozzles. The regular fountain season runs May through October. The fountains do not operate when winds exceed 15 mph.

Downtown Wichita Public Art Guide

A printed map is available to help guide your tour of public artwork in Downtown Wichita. Put on a comfortable pair of shoes and spend a little time strolling around downtown to enjoy the rich, vibrant and whimsical array of artworks waiting to be discovered.

Sculpture Walkabout Guide

A rotating exhibit of works by regional artists.  All sculptures are for sale.  Click here for a map of the current list of Sculpture Walkabout works on exhibit.

 

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