8 Spots to Find Outdoor Art Around The Palm Beaches

May 30, 2018

Here, nearly everything can be found outdoors, including art.

Feel the soft sea breeze and the sun’s warmth and you’ll know why being outdoors is a way of life in The Palm Beaches. From a leisurely beachside walk to a scenic bicycle ride alongside a waterway, being outside is always on your list of things to do. It's only natural that the arts have a place outdoors here as well, with displays that will delight and inspire.
 

Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach

Created in 1938, Mounts Botanical Garden was intended as a guide for local homeowners building their own tropical gardens. Over the decades the garden became much more, with visitors coming to relax and meditate among the peaceful landscapes. Traveling displays of outdoor art often find a home here, mixing the exhibit with the beautifully maintained tropical vegetation. Entrance to Mounts Botanical Garden is free to the public.
 

 

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The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, Corner of Royal Palm Way and Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach

This serene and inspiring garden on Palm Beach mixes works of art with the natural masterworks of plant and flower. Visiting the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden will show you a place where the art of man has been blended with nature, with exceptional results. Follow the meandering cobbled walks and enjoy beautiful classic and contemporary sculptures collected from around the world. Wide stone walkways will lead you to individually themed garden rooms, adorned with vine-covered pergolas, flowering shrubs and graceful palms.
 

 

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Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach

Located in the historic El Cid Neighborhood is the historic home and gardens of Ann Weaver Norton featuring nine monolithic sculptures. The Gardens' assemblage of more than 250 rare palm species, cycads and unusual tropicals is recognized as one of the largest public collections in Florida. The mixture of sculpture and lush plantings is thought-provoking and soothing all at the same time.

CANVAS Outdoor Museum, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth

CANVAS is billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, and it transforms landscapes into active and engaging art experiences. Colossal murals and installations dot the downtown areas of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth, creating an entertaining walk through both vibrant downtowns.
 

South County Courthouse
The beautiful "Delray Progress" by Andrew Reid, Carlos Alves & JC Carroll at the South County Courthouse.
One of the many displays encouraged by Palm Beach County's Art in Public Places project.

Art in Public Places in Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach

When the beauty of The Palm Beaches is interpreted by artists and integrated into local development projects, you have public art that captures the heart of the community. All over The Palm Beaches, the county’s Art in Public Places program has worked to develop beautiful art that also tells stories about local history and culture. Finding examples of this art is easy.  Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places website offers a full directory to the art installed all over the county. From grand, iconic works to whimsical murals for the child within us, Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places offers a treasure trove of captivating outdoor art.

In Boynton Beach, the Art In Public Places program stimulates cultural interaction as well as economic development by working with developers to integrate art into new construction as it happens. The results have been truly beautiful. The seamless integration of public art into new buildings and landscape brings public art to a whole new level. From colorful installations that pay homage to nature to whimsical sculptures that celebrate South Florida life, public art is all around Boynton Beach.

In West Palm Beach, the Art in Public Places program creates public art that encourages artistic awareness and creativity in the city’s diverse neighborhoods. The spectacular art you’ll find around the city often evokes a sense of local history and culture. The lineup of artists is ever-changing and new works appear seasonally. Some have become iconic of The Palm Beaches’ culture scene, while others are replaced by new works designed to change perspective and inspire new creativity. There is a map to the various art on their website.

Head a few miles north and you’ll find The City of Palm Beach Gardens hard at work installing outdoor art as part of their own Art in Public Places program. An unexpected splash of color, a sculpture hidden in the shrubs, or a glorious installation in the middle of a square, Palm Beach Gardens' outdoor art is often unexpected, always delightful and a true treasure for the community.

A visit to any of these places will demonstrate how the artist’s brush can transform any community. In a place where being outdoors is always fun, the addition of great art and culture only makes things better. You can plan a trip to The Palm Beaches by using our interactive itinerary planner.

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