Outdoor public art strips away the plate glass and “do not touch” signs to form a collaboration between artists and community, creating an aesthetically pleasing environment. Public art is becoming the fabric of any art-enriched city, and Chattanooga is showcasing this trend. In the exhibit “Open 24 Hours” at the Hunter Museum of American Art, public art in Chattanooga and other parts of America is showcased.
The exhibit highlights public art located in the garden outside the museum, and other locations around Chattanooga. “Open 24 Hours” also features sculptures by other major American artists in the indoors portion of the exhibit.
Upon visiting the exhibit, you will be given a map to direct you to works of public art throughout the city. Among these is Dennis Oppenheim’s “Arriving Home”, located in Miller Plaza, as well as “The Troupe” by Bart Walter, located at the Chattanooga Zoo. Both have become Chattanooga landmarks.
Support the public art that has contributed to making Chattanooga a city to see art in. Stop by these works of art anytime: they’re “Open 24 Hours”.
— Jake Bacon