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Take in some fresh air and sunshine as you explore inspiring artwork on display in the great outdoors, whether you’re seeking a peaceful sculpture garden or a vibrant collection of downtown street art.

For art in nature, stroll through the botanical paradise at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet to marvel at the country’s largest collection of American figurative sculpture, or meander along the nature paths at Bluffton’s Palmetto Oaks Sculpture Garden to spot quirky sculptures in bright colors. Discover even more whimsy with the nature-based sculpture program at Clemson’s South Carolina Botanical Garden, featuring fairy-like castles and sculptures made from twigs, stones and plants.

Ready to switch to city life? Go on a scavenger hunt of public art pieces using the digital map of the Greenville Public Art Walking Tour, and then stop by Canvas Tower to see the multidimensional mural featuring local educator Pearlie Harris, who helped integrate Greenville County schools. Want to see the world’s largest fire hydrant or a sculptural fountain that commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Explore downtown Columbia using the interactive One Columbia Public Art Map to spot these and more than 100 other works. Just off Main Street in Rock Hill, duck into the alleyway known as Freedom Walkway—a commemorative space honoring social justice activists—where you’ll find panels about civil rights history, plus mosaics and paintings. In Myrtle Beach, the coastal vibe comes through with eye-catching murals splashed across town, such as the vivid beach scene with a surfer and dolphin on the side of Lulu’s Cafe and the marine life-filled “Whaling Wall” on the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

 

SC State Parks Artist-in-Residence Program

Every year, a small cohort of artists are selected for a week-long stay in a state park cabin to produce an original piece of artwork inspired by the natural and cultural riches of the park. In return, they donate their masterpieces to display in cabins and park facilities for all to enjoy.

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Whether they’re checking out the newest restaurants or enjoying a stay at a bed-and-breakfast, contributing writers share their unique insight and stories from exploring the Palmetto State.