Call it the "icing on the cake" or the "cherry on top" — public art makes a statement in a community. Vibrant works of art are no longer reserved for large metropolitan areas, they are frequently found in small, unassuming towns that emphasize their expressiveness.
Fayetteville has long been the canvas for public art. The city's dynamic culture continues to inspire local artists and attract international talent who want to leave their signature on what is becoming known as "Northwest ArtKansas."
As a compliment to Fayetteville's commitment to sustainability, the Green Candy art initiative was created to spark conversations in the community around waste and sustainability through engaging art projects utilizing different mediums.
Among the Green Candy works is "Deer, Half Deer," featuring giant bucks locking antlers on the lawn of the historic Walker-Stone House on Center Street. The sculpture was created by Portuguese artist Bordalo II.
"Fayetteberry," an enormous crocheted strawberry also outside the Walker-Stone House, provides a great selfie spot. It's the handiwork of Eureka Springs artist Gina Gallina.
Unique, colorful and thought-inspiring murals provide depth and dimension to buildings around town and can be found at almost every turn. "Fresh Air," a Center Street mural of a hare resorting to an oxygen mask, is the work of well-known Fayetteville artist Jason Jones. "Bear-ly Legal" by Ernest Zacharevic on the corner of East and Mountain streets consists of three bear cubs knocking over a window and causing mischief, while "Eclipse" by Marina Zumi on the side of Hog Haus Brewery on Dickson Street captures a solar event at the center of a multi-colored honeycomb.
Other towering murals across town encourage the community to "Shop Local" while others highlight history, specifically the Cherokee journey along the Trail of Tears through town and the detachment camp of the Tsa La Gi tribe.
A walking tour of the public art in Fayetteville is mesmerizing. It provokes thought and emotions, all while complementing the character and identity of one of Arkansas' favorite cities.