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Norfolk, VA 23510

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Art Talk

Celebrating 10 years of the Norfolk Public Art Program! (10/10/16)

JOHN RUDEL – Eyes in the MacArthur North Garage:

GLASSATORIUM – Cementiscope in the NEON District:

MATTHEW GRAY PALMER – All Things Within All Things - Virginia Zoo:

ELECTROLAND – MetalMatisse at MacArthur Square


GARTH EDWARDS – Enchanted Garden at Coleman Place Elementary

JEN STRINGER and LAURA FREED – The Pitch at Harbor Park

TODJI KURTZMAN- Splasher of the Healing Waters at Southside Aquatic Center

 MARK GRIEVE & ILANA SPECTOR – Intertwine at the Botanical Garden

MADELINE WEINER – Storyteller – Norview Community Center

Take a Public Art Bike Ride! Print our map…

We’ve created a map with a suggested bike tour to take any time!

Here are the best routes to bike in general in Norfolk.

Be sure to ride by our Offsite Gallery in the World Trade Center at 101 W. Main Street while your out.  Ask the security guard at the front desk to let you in if it’s on a weekend.  If you just ride by you’ll see our most current exhibit through the front windows!



HERE IS A PDF OF THE BIKE MAP: bike-tour-addresses


What a great article in the Virginian Pilot about our own Norfolk Arts Manager! Karen Rudd!

Read about the Artful New Energy of Norfolk in the Roanoke Times!

See behind the scenes photos of our newest installation “Intertwine”

New Public Art installed May 2016! “Intertwine” – Norfolk Botanical Garden

Installed May 19, 2016

Located at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

“Intertwine” is a 20′ tall stainless steel sculpture by Mark Grieve & Ilana Spector of  Petaluma, CA.  It is comprised of three entwined common garden forms arranged in a  contemporary, joyous composition.  A familiar common tool shape ties together the many themes of Norfolk Botanical Garden – the seasons, botany, community, pruning, planting & a connection to the land, history & men & women of the WPA.  Organic forms connect in an illogical order harmonizing the garden site creating a conceptual intersection related to the man-made & natural rhythms of the garden.

Mark Grieve stated “A successful artwork is a meeting point – an intersection of ideas – visually and intellectually.   By utilizing the “tools of the trade,” the sculpture is a beacon attracting visitors and bringing attention to the wonders within the Botanical Garden.”

The dedication event occured prior to the 8th Annual Garden Heritage Celebration at the WPA  Memorial honoring 220 African-American women & men who planted  the Garden more than 75 years ago through the Works Progress Administration.


See progress photos here:

New sculpture installed! “THE PITCH” By PACT Location: Harbor Park

Installed May 2016

The Pitch is a 16 foot tall, powder-coated aluminum structure with changing LEDs.

On October 2, 2014 the Public Art Commission recommended for hire local artist team Laura Freed & Jen Stringer (PACT) to design and complete an artful bike rack project at Harbor Park.

The project was completed in May, 2016.  The 16′ tall powder coated aluminum sculpture references a traditional ship propeller, celebrating Norfolk’s remarkable nautical history and lively water front community.

A series of graduated rings sit adjacent to the prop. Designed to suggest the movement of water behind a rotating propeller, the rings serve as bike racks for park visitors. The sculpture comes to life at night as integrated LED lighting fill the blades with color.

Phillip Mann with Mannpower was the electrical contractor, and Brian Haines with Old Dominion Lighting Associates supplied the light fixtures. Jim w/ Metal Concepts in Norfolk fabricated their design.

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