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Focus on Texas: Public Art

The head-turning and enthralling installments that might be just around the next corner

“A true work of art takes at least an hour.”

—Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip


Elaine Thomas, Fayette EC: The Giddings post office features a mural painted by Otis Dozier as part of an arts program formed during the Depression-era New Deal.

Stephanie Ehlert, Greenbelt EC: “I found this beauty driving through Brady.”

Carmen Gallo, Pedernales EC: A recycled bicycle at Yellow Bike Project in Austin.

Alicia Westfall, Pedernales EC: Westfall’s sons, Asher and Ander, stand under one of the Traveling Man robot statues, by Brad Oldham, in Dallas.

Marilyn Brunt, Deep East Texas EC: A giant upside-down ice cream cone melts into a rainbow at Azucar Ice Cream Company in Dallas.

Debra Czerny, Bluebonnet EC: Tom Besson painted this mural in downtown Elgin.

Jo Chapman, South Plains EC: A mural in Lubbock by Joey Martinez.

Morris Childers, Houston County EC: A 2020 12-story mural by Sandra Chevrier and Shepard Fairey on the Line Hotel in Austin celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

Zoe Innocenti, Guadalupe Valley EC: Artist Mez Data depicts Susanna Dickinson and her baby Angelina Elizabeth Dickinson, in The Babe of the Alamo, in Gonzales.

Steve Wilson, Fannin County EC: A statue of Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn in front of the library bearing his name in Bonham.

Linda Lee Bickford, Grayson-Collin EC: Horseshoes hanging on a tree in McKinney.

Marilyn Brunt, Deep East Texas EC: “A very large heart crafted from bent rebar proudly displays hundreds of locks in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas. Tourists are encouraged to add a lock and share the keys with someone they love.”

Kay Bell, Nueces EC: “Just outside the famous Starlight Theatre in Terlingua, with the Chisos Mountains in the background, sit some ‘artsy’ barstools.”

Donna Lesoon, Bandera EC: “This cross sits on a hilltop said to be halfway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.”

Jo Ann Smith, Pedernales EC: This mural at an elementary school in the Quail Creek subdivision was painted by artist Ryan Runcie and signed by the students and others involved in the project.

Deborah Vaughn, Magic Valley EC: “We saw this recently when driving north on the beach at South Padre Island.”

Marc Irving, Pedernales EC: A mural on a utility box on Cypress Creek Road in Cedar Park.