By LICI BEVERIDGE, Hattiesburg American
HATTIESBURG, Miss (AP) – Paris. New York. Berlin. Hattiesbourg. These four cities have something in common. Each is on a list of 11 cities around the world recognized as leaders in public art.
Hattiesburg was included in Travel and Leisure magazine’s list thanks to the many murals and sculptures found throughout the city.
“Home to more than 40 public art installations, including murals, sculptures and brightly colored utility boxes, Hattiesburg is committed to making art accessible to all of its citizens,” the article reads.
The list of 11 cities also includes Miami, Vancouver and Cape Town, South Africa. Only four US cities were named on the list. The fourth city is Philadelphia.
The cities were chosen from “a study of art in cities around the world by money.co.uk based in part on a tally of Instagram posts and research into street art,” the magazine said. .
“Being one of four North American cities on a list that talks about public art in places like New York, Paris and Berlin is just one unique example of the talent and creativity that exists here. even in Hattiesburg, ”said Toby, mayor of Hattiesburg. Barker said in a statement. “Public art is a rising star in our community, thanks to many who have come before us and the continued leadership of the Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art. “
The Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art has stepped up efforts to install murals and other artwork, including hiring local artists to decorate utility boxes. A number of sculptures purchased from the annual public art exhibitions are scattered around the city center.
The city also offers more than 30 free small libraries created by artists; the Pocket Museum, a miniature museum located in a window in an alleyway in downtown Hattiesburg; The Jook, which recalls the city’s history as the birthplace of rock and roll; ephemeral murals for the holidays and more thanks to its local tourism and artistic organizations.
Most public art venues can be visited using the Arts Trail card, but more facilities have been added since the card was released in April.
“Being included on an international list of top art destinations speaks volumes about Hattiesburg’s creative spirit,” said Kristen Brock, director of programs and promotions for VisitHATTIESBURG and Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art, in a statement. “HAPA is incredibly fortunate to work with national and local artists to bring innovative, creative and diverse images to the city’s public spaces. “
The city intends to continue its public art offering with a goal of at least 100 murals throughout the city.
“We look forward to continuing our journey as a premier arts destination and achieving our goal of being the ‘City of 100 Murals’,” said Barker.
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