Have you ever wondered about the public art you see around town? Do you know how to find the meaning of outdoor sculptures and paintings? Join an adorable six-year-old host on a journey to discover monumental public artworks throughout San Francisco. Public art is all around us, but sometimes we don’t even notice it! Get some insight about the famed Bow and Arrow by the bay by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, and Ruth Asawa’s bay-framing fountain sculpture across the street. Then grab your hiking boots and head for the woods to see Andy Goldsworthy’s all-natural installations in The Presidio. Learn how to read these public artworks and many more, brought to you by the cutest curator in town. Do you have a favorite public artwork in your town? Snap a photo and share it with us on Twitter @KQEDArtSchool.

Artwork credits in order of appearance:

Alan Fleming
Keith Haring
Clarion Alley Mural Project
Josué Rojas
Armand Vaillancourt
Precita Eyes, Cory Calandra, Laura Campos, Brenda Miller and Patricia Rose
Mark di Suvero
Sirron Norris
Guarina Lopez
Tony Bennett/Hearts in San Francisco
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Cupid’s Span
Ruth Asawa, Aurora
Lawrence Noble
Lawrence Halprin
Ruth Asawa, Aurora
Andy Goldsworthy/For-Site Foundation, Spire
Kristin Farr
Chris Johanson/SFMOMA
Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn
Hung Yi
George Warren Rickey
Ugo Rondinone
Henry Moore
Andy Goldsworthy/For-Site Foundation, Woodline
Colette Crutcher
Clarion Alley Mural Project
San Francisco Student Artwork/Powell Street BART Station
Clarion Alley Mural Project
Andy Goldsworthy/For-Site Foundation, Woodline


Kid Curator: How To Look at Public Art 26 July,2016Jon Brown


Jon Brown

Jon Brown makes videos for KQED's Art School! 


Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED's Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is also a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine. Her artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including YBCA, Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

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