Our friends at brilliant online gallery Uprise Art put together a list for us of 7 great places to see art outdoors. Each of these places has a unique and mesmerizing quality to them, as well as interesting and engaging surrounding areas. Get a glimpse of some of the most exciting places to see art around the world on your travels:
1) Park Güell
Park Guell is one of Barcelona's most beautiful sites, which is high praise indeed as it faces stiff competition for that title! Located in the upper part of Barcelona, the colourful park is the work of modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, whose other unique works can be spotted around the city. Not only are the views of Barcelona stunning but you can go for a walk, run, or a picnic in what is essentially a free outdoor art gallery - it's worth a visit to Barcelona for Park Guell alone (it doesn't hurt that there's a wonderful ice cream parlour on the walk up to the park!) In our experience, early morning is the best time to avoid the inevitable crowds and oppressive city heat, or sunset for the beautiful view.
Laneways in Melbourne, Australia is a series of alleyways transformed into one of the biggest public art galleries in the city. Artists from all over come and paint different sections of the alley turning something mundane into a fun and engaging experience. Not only is this a colourful area to walk through, but there are tons of al fresco places to eat as well. Laneways is fun to explore and is one of many outdoor public art spaces in the city.
3.) MAC Niteroi
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This incredible and unique building was built by Oscar Niemeyer in 1996. Its UFO like structure is enough to make you want to visit. The building is situated on the coastline of Rio with amazing views of the surrounding scenery. Not to mention inside there is some seriously great contemporary Brazilian art.
4.) Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels
Artist Claes Oldenburg designed and built this interactive sculpture. Not only is this structure fun to look at, you can climb on it too! The Wynwood Miami is nearby for sampling local craft beers and explore local art galleries.
5.) Frogner Park, Vigeland Installation
Frogner Park is a public park in Oslo, Norway. The Vigeland Installation is a permanent art installation by artist, Gustav Vigeland. The permanent installation consists of 212 bronze, granite, and cast iron sculptures centred around the theme, Human Condition.
6.) Reclining Figure
This Reclining Figure in Singapore is one of the largest bronze sculptures Henry Moore created. The beautiful pond and plaza that surround the piece was designed by famous architect, IM Pei.
7.) Polyforum Siqueiros
Mexico City, Mexico
The Polyforum Siqueiros is the world’s largest mural designed by David Alfaro Siqueiros housed in Mexico City. The mural is not only breathtaking from the outside, but you can also shop for art inside the forum of galleries and stores.