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Centered on the Outdoors… | Center County Gazette

Reflecting on the public art that makes Downtown State University special

Submitted by Clearwater

State College – Every corner is inspired by shapes and colors, and a stroll through the mural and sculpture “Outdoor Museum” in downtown State College is sure to inspire first-time visitors to town as well as long-time residents.

The public is invited to join Centered Outdoors and community partners for free on Sunday, July 10 at 1 and 3 p.m. and Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. for a guided group Art Walk through town, taking a closer look Some exhibit nearly 40 artworks and learn about the artists who created them.

Leisure walks will be led by local artists and experts, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Online and printable guides detailing artwork locations and titles are also accessible through the Downtown State University Improvement District website at www.downtownstatecollege.com/art-walk.

One of the often-overlooked advantages of State University’s many different public art displays is the ability to view and reflect on their beauty and meaning without having to drive far, pay admission, or step inside.

In addition, both observing art and spending time outdoors can boost mood, and these walks allow participants to do both at the same time.

Even those who frequent the city center may notice new details on their favorite murals and sculptures during the Art Walk. New works regularly add energy and expression to the town.

The first public art piece, the Centennial Fountain, was installed by the Women’s Club in 1907 as a gift to the State University to celebrate its establishment as a borough. The fountain still stands and flows today.

Recent artworks include Martin Luther King Jr. Square (2017), We Are All One (William Snyder III, 2019), Color Blocks (Antalantino, 2021) and many more.

All Centered Outdoors guided events are free to the public.

For full details on this adventure and a full schedule for 2022, please visit www.centredoutdoors.org.

To attend a guided event, meet at:

3 Dots Downtown, 137 E. Beaver Ave., State University

What to bring:

a refillable water bottle;

sun protection, including hats and sunscreen;

comfortable walking shoes;

A child carrier/backpack is recommended for young children

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