Public art is a vital part of the City of Birmingham. Art creates a richly diverse and meaningful experience while enhancing the visual character of our community. We invite you to enjoy the art we have on display and engage a friend, neighbor, or stranger on which piece is their favorite. The Birmingham Public Arts Board is responsible for assisting in the review and placement of public art installations in Birmingham. If you wish to display art on public property, please download the application.
Birmingham In Stitches Event
The Birmingham Public Arts Board's Birmingham In Stitches event is a community-based public art installation event that promotes existing public art programs, such as the CityScapes program, and engages the broader community in public art. The project is based around the concept of “yarn bombing”, which involves placing knitted or crocheted objects onto trees, parking meter posts, light posts, bicycle racks, and benches. Three events have occurred (September 2012, September 2015 and Winter Markt 2015). Those interested in participating in the next Birmingham In Stitches event may forward their contact information to the Public Arts Board.
Marshall Fredericks Walking/Driving Tour
Famous sculptor Marshall Fredericks resided in Birmingham, and our community is proud to have so many of his works available for the public to view. Download a printable 4 page brochure to see a great downtown walking/driving tour with information on each of the sculptures, provided by Fredericks expert Marcy Heller Fisher.
In an ongoing effort to promote art in public spaces and enhance the downtown area, the Cultural Council of Birmingham/Bloomfield has reinstated its CityScapes program in collaboration with the Public Arts Board of the City of Birmingham. The program is managed under the terms of the existing Birmingham outdoor sculpture agreement between the City and the Cultural Council of Birmingham/Bloomfield for temporary installation of art on public property.
The objective of the CityScapes program is to serve as a launching platform to educate the community on the value of art in public places and enhance the visual character of the community. By inserting the work of artists into City life, ideas can be encountered and explored on a daily basis.
Map of Current Public Art Installations
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