Your next stroll through downtown Walnut Creek need not be limited to window-shopping. You can also take in the nearly 30 sculptures and other works of art that grace Broadway Plaza, City Hall, and other public spaces. Just print out the new walking tour map produced by the Bedford Gallery to find the pieces, which were created by notable West Coast artists.
The collection has been growing since 1982, when city leaders started encouraging developers to commission outdoor art for new buildings.
You’ve probably passed by—or even sat on—some of it already. If you’ve shopped around Olympic Boulevard and Locust Street, you’ll recognize the male and female figures standing above fountains next to Plaza Escuela. The twin figures, entitled Echo, are by Sacramento artist Yoshio Taylor. City Hall is home to several pieces, including the Veterans Memorial Plaza water and sculpture installation by Southern California’s Cliff Garten. And you’ve no doubt spotted artist Tor Archer’s Olympic Orb while cruising Mt. Diablo Boulevard. It’s the massive copper-and-steel mesh sphere floating above Cost Plus.
A printable version of the public art map is available at www.bedfordgallery.org, under General Information.