My Town Monday: Creativity Abounds

I like My Town Monday posts because they give me that little push to become a tourist in my own city.

I will refrain from ranting about how the construction of the freeway split and destroyed entire neighborhoods. Today, I am focusing on how people chose to take something ugly and turn it into a canvas for art.

From murals painted on highway and railroad underpasses…

… to surprising finds on stairwells.

Anything can become ART.

Should we make some of these for our backyard?

Of course, one should always check out the park:

Bloomsday racers

Sometimes art is created by paid professionals.

Even without water, this fountain is beautiful.

Art should be shared with others. It is not something to be hoarded.

Creativity can be found everywhere.

I’ve even read that there are classes downtown, held every first and third Friday evenings, where a person can learn to paint while drinking! It’s true: a local artists’ group (“Van Gogh and Merlot”) hosts events where they teach you to paint a classic piece of art while sipping local wine.

Do you find art in creative places where you live? Tell me about it!

8 thoughts on “My Town Monday: Creativity Abounds

  1. Oooooh, I love street art. We saw loads of amazing stuff while we were in Australia. Of the photos you posted, my favorite is the one with the runners and the real human runner.

  2. Very cool street art –those runners are impressive, and I think it would be fun to run next to them. The large town I live near is very blue-collar, and too much of the population doesn’t see a place for art. The small town that I live almost in hosted a quilt show last year, and in preparation they painted and put up quilt blocks (about 2’x2′) all around town. They are still up and I think they’re a great touch.

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