Public Art In Vermont: Exploring What It Is And Where To Find It

Sep 20, 2016

What do you think is the most memorable public art in Vermont? But before answering that, let's back up even a bit further – how does one define public art?

Whether it be sculptures or murals or something else entirely, we'll discuss the possibilities for what constitutes public art and explore the offerings in the state, from the more well-known to the hidden gems, and where to find them.

Joining our discussion are Rachel Elizabeth Jones, an arts staff writer at Seven Days, and Michele Bailey, senior program director at the Vermont Arts Council. We also hear from Elliott Katz, an artist who has done public sculpture work in Vermont and elsewhere.

Also on the program,  a debrief from VPR's Taylor Dobbs regarding his piece from earlier this month about Green Mountain Power and "Alternative Regulation."

More from VPR related to public art:

Scroll through some photos of public art throughout Vermont below.


Look up on the corner of College Street and St. Paul Street to spot a hummingbird mural by Mary Lacy.
Credit Meg Malone / VPR

By the northeast corner of City Hall Park is the "Millennium Sculpture," which was created by Andrea Stix Wasserman, Carl Bielenburg, Alice Eddes and Engineering Ventures, Inc.
Credit Meg Malone / VPR

"Brightly Colored Trees" outside the Hilton Garden Inn on Main Street is a sculpture by Elliott Katz, one of our guests on this public art show.
Credit Courtesy of Elliott Katz

East Randolph:

Creemees can be part of public art, like on this sign at the Middle Branch Market & Deli on VT-14, pictured here in 2013.
Credit Ric Cengeri / VPR File


This large gorilla holding up a Volkswagen car is "Queen Connie of Concrete" by T.J. Neil, and can be found outside the Pioneer Auto Sales on Route 7.
Credit Patti Daniels / VPR

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A replica of the Grant Wood painting "American Gothic" can be seen painted on the side of a barn in Orwell.
Credit Ric Cengeri / VPR


The Marble Bridge that crosses Otter Creek was designed by Harry Leslie Walker and first completed more than a century ago, in 1915.
Credit Patti Daniels / VPR

South Burlington:

"Reverence" by Jim Sardonis - often referred to simply as "Whale Tails" - is located in Technology Park in South Burlington, and it's also visible from I-89.
Credit Meg Malone / VPR

Outside of Healthy Living Market and Cafe on Dorset Street is the South Burlington City Center Gateway by painter Dan Gottsegen and landscape architect Terry Boyle. A portion of the piece, depicting Potash Brook, is pictured here.
Credit Meg Malone / VPR


At the Williston Northbound Information Center off of I-89, you can check out the sculpture "Bygone Plow" by Lynn Newcomb
Credit Meg Malone / VPR

A rain barrel painted by Tara Goreau is set up near the entrance of the Williston Northbound Information Center off I-89.
Credit Meg Malone / VPR

Correction 3:22 p.m. 01/11/2017 A previous version of this post incorrectly attributed the rain barrel's art to Alex Costantino. The caption has now been updated to reflect that Tara Goreau painted the pictured rain barrel.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at noon; re-broadcast at 7 p.m.