As cities change over time, and people come and go, influential marks are left all around. In the City of Five Flags, you’ll see notes of time engraved in our architecture, cuisine, street names and so much more. As we move into the future, modern-day influences have begun to work the clay of our existence into something new and fresh, particularly in the art department. Below, you’ll find a guide to some of our favorite outdoor art installations.
Our city’s newest installation and perhaps one of the coolest. CUBED was installed during the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival and has been made a permanent outdoor exhibit in the city’s museum plaza behind the Pensacola Museum of History. Sixteen local artists were given an 8x8 side to transform during a public art installation.
Each artist was challenged to incorporate one of the Thirty Million Word Initiative’s selected words for their mural. The 30 million word gap refers to a research study that found that children from lower-income families hear a staggering 30 million fewer words than children from higher-income families by the time they are four years old.
The city’s oldest art installation and arguably one-of-a-kind, the Pensacola Graffiti Bridge is both a working landmark and a fluid art form. Located on 17th Avenue, people have been painting the old railroad overpass since 1935. The cool thing: it’s 100% legal.
Local artists and photographers have flocked to this landmark to see its daily transformations and to make art out of the paint scrapings. Pretty neat isn’t it!
Pelicans in Paradise
Scattered around Pensacola are oversized, 400-pound, funky-colored pelicans, waiting to be discovered by you. Sponsored by the Pensacola News Journal is 2004 as part of an outdoor art project, over 70 pelicans have been completed and placed throughout the city.
Public murals are always my favorite form of expressive outdoor artwork. Sometimes they’re commissioned, sometimes they’re not, but they’re always 100% cool! Below you’ll find a few of our favorites and their locations, be sure to snap and pic and hashtag #explorepcola
2435 N 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503
First City Art Center
1060 N Guillemard St., Pensacola, FL 32501
Quayside Art Gallery
17 E Zarragossa St., Pensacola, FL 32502
Great art doesn’t just promote a viewpoint or a conversation; it makes a tangible change. That’s what the Greater Pensacola Chamber Foundation’s LeaP Class of 2016 put into motion. Titled, A Better Way to Give, this project recycled boring parking meters into works of art painted by local artists. The meters were designed to raise awareness of the homeless population in the city and to provide an alternative giving method to the homeless living on the streets. The funds collected from the meters coordinate with agencies addressing the challenges. Look for these beautiful meters throughout downtown Pensacola.
Have a favorite piece of outdoor art we didn't mention? Tell us in the comments below!