Get to know the public art in Fort Wayne, Indiana! We’ll show you some of our favorite murals in Fort Wayne as well as impressive sculptures.
If you’ve been following our blog for awhile you’ll know that we’re big fans of public art, especially street art and murals. Before we visit a new city, we always make it a point to research ahead of time to see if we’ll be able to find some cool pieces. We’ve been thoroughly impressed by the street art in Detroit as well as the street art in Reykjavik, Iceland.
We came to find out that the public art in Fort Wayne is pretty awesome as well, and it includes some pretty cool murals. Fort Wayne also has art that is not only nice to look at, but useful as well. In the summer of 2014, “Sculpture With Purpose” was born. Thanks to this project, over 50 new sculptural bike racks were installed throughout the city of Fort Wayne.
As we explored the top things to do in Fort Wayne, we also made sure to keep an eye out for Fort Wayne public art. The below pieces were some of our favorites.
We actually didn’t know there was a mural at this coffee shop. We stopped in one morning to get breakfast and were pleasantly surprised when we saw the side of the building. It ended up being one of our favorite Fort Wayne murals.
Not only is this one of the best pizza places in Fort Wayne, but it also has two murals by the internationally know artist Yis “Noségo” Goodwin.
Fort Wayne has a lot of great biking trails, so it was only right to find one of the Sculpture With Purpose bike racks in front of Fort Wayne Outfitters. They offer all kinds of tours and rentals, including bikes and kayaks.
Finding this mural was another happy accident. We just happened to be driving when we saw it and decided to pull over. It’s on the side of one of the largest bookstores in Indiana.
Inside the DeBrand Fine Chocolates downtown location, visitors can get delicious chocolates and look upon this beautiful mural by Indiana native Jeremy Selzer. We always find it extra special when murals are indoors.
This public art piece was probably the most difficult for us to find, but only because we walked passed the alley it was in multiple times lol! It’s called “Guitar Experiment” and is a 16 foot long guitar sculpture built by Alex Mendez and painted by Alexandra Hall.
Lincoln Tower itself is architecturally beautiful (it was Indiana’s first skyscraper), but inside visitors will find breathtaking art as well. Without a doubt, the most impressive pieces are the murals on the ceiling done in an Art Deco style. We also really liked the mastodon we found. We learned that Fort Wayne’s mascot is the mastodon so they can be found throughout the city as well.
Important Note: If you wish to take photos inside Lincoln Tower, you will have to sign a waiver.
It’s always great to explore a new city and find it to be colorful and full of art. We enjoyed coming across large murals as well as smaller hidden gems. The public art in Fort Wayne is just one more reason to visit this fun city!
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**A big thank you to Visit Fort Wayne for helping us create an itinerary that led us to find such fun pieces of art. As always, all opinions are our own.**