With its vibrant Main Street and historic West End, Greenville offers visitors plenty of reasons to spend time downtown. Along with the trendy shops, hip eateries, intimate music venues and highly acclaimed Falls Park on the Reedy, the city center also is home to an incredible array of public art created by artists from around the world.
Some 75 works of art can be found around town—most of them within a one-mile stretch of S. Main Street. Greenville’s Public Art Walking Tour offers a road map to the many sculptures and murals, along with photographs and descriptions of the artwork. So, slip into a comfortable pair of shoes and get walking.
Here is an easy route to view some of the most impressive pieces in Greenville’s Public Art Walking Tour:
Location: In the traffic circle at the intersection of University and Howe streets
About the artwork: Gracing the entrance to the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, this Zan Wells bronze sculpture honors school founder Virginia S. Uldrick.
Location: Pedrick’s Garden on the west end of Falls Park near University Street
About the artwork: The cast bronze fountain was designed to look like the radiating spirals of the center of a sunflower.
Rose Crystal Tower
Location: West end of Falls Park near University Street
About the artwork: This hand-blown glass sculpture is the work of iconic American artist Dale Chihuly, whose installations are included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has been honored with exhibitions at the Louvre in Paris and the Royal Botanic Gardens near London.
Nexus of Light
Location: Intersection of S. Main and Augusta streets
About the artwork: Wisconsin sculptor Dennis Heimbach created this stainless-steel piece – one of two of his works displayed in the city. The other sculpture is located in front of Design Strategies at 130 S. Main St.
Location: Near the intersection of S. Main Street and Japanese Dogwood Lane
About the artwork: This abstract steel and aluminum sculpture adds a whimsical touch to one of the pedestrian bridges over the Reedy River.