Public Art of Greenville, SC!

So many reasons to visit Greenville, South Carolina but regardless of what attracts you, be sure you look out for the numerous original pieces of art that honor and celebrate Greenville and the American spirit. Whether it makes your smile or is thought provoking, we are sure there is something for all to enjoy.
Even though most art is best enjoyed in an unhurried atmosphere and with the time to walk around and enjoy, there are many of Greenville’s public art pieces that you can appreciate from the road while driving to your next destination. One is the welcome you receive to Downtown from the Heritage Green Fountain. At the intersection of College Street and Buncombe Street, this beautiful water feature is stunning any time of day but radiates at night with the lights. Another work of art that is certainly eye catching is “Aria” on Stone Avenue. The opera term that titles this piece means “an accompanied elaborate melody sung by a single voice” and here you can experience a visual of that description.
If strolling along South Main Street, you will see at the entrance of Flour Field a life-size statue of Shoeless Joe Jackson. This baseball legend started his career in Greenville and eventually went on to play for the Chicago White Sox. Another popular statue is the bronze wild boar, also on South Main Street. It is a full-sized replica of the 17th century piece in Florence, Italy. According to Florentine legend, if you rub the boar’s nose, you will return to Florence. Notice when you pass by that the boar’s nose has certainly had much attention – many people must want a trip to Italy! As previously featured on our blog, “Mice on Main” is a set of 9 bronze mice in total but they are spaced out and cleverly placed so you will need the clues to find them all around the Main Street area of Downtown Greenville.
Last to mention but in no way the least are the Vietnam Memorial of Cleveland Park and the Korean War Memorial of Conestee Park. The Cleveland Park feature honors the 14,000 Greenville residents that represented the United States during the Vietnam War. In addition to a panel recognizing Gold Star Mothers, there are poems written by local schoolchildren. Be prepared to bring your tissues. The Korean War Veteran’s memorial was dedicated in June of 2013 and recognizes those who it is in honor and in memory of.
With too many sculptures, murals and more, we can only highlight a few but click here for a map and visual guide to locating the many works!