Three young women wearing face masks while visiting public artworks featured in Hattiesburg Public Art Trail.

Take a Walk Through the Remarkable Hattiesburg Public Art Trail

As the weather starts warming up, you may be searching for something interesting to do near our Breckenridge Park apartments in Hattiesburg, MS. If you’re an artist, an art appreciator, or someone who likes to support what artists do, then you’re in luck! Hattiesburg is an emerging destination for artists of all sorts. The best part is, you don’t have to go to a museum to see the paintings and sculptures. In fact, they’re located in various places throughout the city! You can see all these art listed on the Hattiesburg Public Art Trail map. But here are some of our favorite highlights:

Painted Wall Murals

It’s hard to get through town without seeing one of these Hattiesburg wall murals. They are huge and painted everywhere! Let’s Go by Spence Townsend is a vibrant mural of animals on wheels that will definitely bring out a smile. The Birthplace of Rock and Roll by River Prince is a reminder of Rock Rolls’ beginnings in Hattiesburg. Suffrage by Heidi Pitre took 9 days to complete and brings awareness to the 19th Amendment that protected women’s right to vote. If you’re a fan of Kelsey Montague as well as her #whatliftsyou movement, you’ll love her spectacular 5-story mural of white dragonflies on a bright blue background.

Notable Sculptures

In addition to numerous murals, there are some notable art sculptures you’ll have fun investigating. Dugan’s Riff by James Davis is part of his Visual Jazz series. It’s located in Town Square Park along with Cloud Music for Hattiesburg by Jennifer Torres and Epiphany by Joni Younkins-Herzog. Additionally, artist Ben Watts created a sculpture depicting art donors Carey and Sharon Varnado’s beloved dog Andy. 

Utility Box Artwork

Yes, there are utility boxes with art around Hattiesburg! It’s a unique way to beautify an otherwise unsightly object. The Graves Brothers-Hattiesburg Sounds by Thomas Jackson is a nod to Hattiesburg’s vibrant music scene. In fact, it is painted on a utility box right outside of T-Bones Records and Cafe. Keep Your Dream Alive by Vixon Sullivan is a painting of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Heroes, also by Thomas Jackson, is dedicated to remembering the heroic actions of healthcare workers. These artworks are located near Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic. Lastly, Education by Andrea Kostyal sits across from the University of Southern Mississippi and the art is integrated into its real-life surroundings.

There is some very interesting free art to view all around the city through the Hattiesburg Public Art Trail. You can get your exercise while appreciating a varied collection of unique artistic talent not far from our Hattiesburg apartments. To learn more about our community, please contact us today. For more art and music appreciation opportunities, be sure to check out this blog about Mississippi’s Delta Blues Museum

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