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    Migration by Rafael López

    A Public Art Walking Tour

    This easy, scenic walking tour will take you on a leisurely stroll down Pearl Street, along Boulder Creek and back to Pearl in a pleasant loop that should take about an hour, depending on how long you stop to admire the artwork.

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    A. "Boulder Bubble" Mural

    This colorful mural across from Fjallraven on Pearl Street and 11th puts a new spin on the moniker "The Boulder Bubble." 

    Artist: Patrick Kane McGregor
    Pearl St. and 11th St.

    Boulder Bubble

    B. Buffalo

    The Buffalo is an important symbol to Boulderites, as Ralphie the buffalo is the adored mascot of the University of Colorado. This one on Pearl Street gets her fair share of hugs and selfies daily. 

    Artist: Stephan LeBlanc
    Pearl St. and 11th St.

    Buffalo sculpture Ralphie

    C. “Hearts on a Swing” 

    She's the darling of Pearl Street, and you'll often see that someone has placed a flower in her right hand.

    Artist: George Lundeen
    Broadway and Pearl St.

    Hearts on a Swing sculpture in Boulder

    D. Boulder County Courthouse Courtyard

    It's easy to whisk by this courtyard and only notice the distinctive courthouse building and fountain, but there are several sculptures and statues here to admire, too.

    “Messenger of the Skies,” Joellen Domenico
    “Arapahoe Tribute,” Steven Weitzman and Tara Brice
    “Miner Memorial,” WR Vielehr, CK Vielehr and J Holmes
    Other installations also on display.
    Pearl St. and 13th St.

    Boulder County Courthouse courtyard

    E. Animal Sculptures

    Kiddos cannot resist these climbable creatures — nor should they! This area is designed for children to engage with the sculptures.

    Pearl St. and 14th St.

    Animal Sculptures on Pearl Street in Boulder

    F. Bear Hugs

    Mama and her two cubs are a recent addition to Pearl Street, and they are much loved by passersby.

    Artist: Jim Agius
    Pearl St. and 15th St.

    Bear Sculpture on Pearl Street in Boulder

    G. Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

    This extraordinary teahouse was a gift from Boulder's sister city in Tajikistan. Read all about the teahouse here

    Artists: Manon Khaidarov, Mirpulat Mirakhmatov, Victor Zabolotnikov, Kodir Rakhimov and Ivan Milashevich
    13th St. between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave.

    Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse CeilingPhoto: Kent Kanouse/Flickr Creative Commons

    H. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) Entrance

    There's almost always and eye-catching and thought-provoking installation outside BMoCA. And admission to the museum is just $2, so make time to pop inside, too.

    Rotating Works (pictured: “Outlier” by Pard Morrison)
    13th St. between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave.

    Sculpture in front of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

    I. “Migration”

    This wall near the Boulder Farmers' Market has been splashed with color in this collaboration between a local and elementary school students.

    Rafael López and University Hill Elementary Students
    13th St. and Arapahoe Ave.

    Migration Mural in Boulder

    J. Charles A. Haertling Sculpture Garden 

    A sprawling green lawn beside Boulder Creek is the site of a half dozen or so works worth seeing. Bring a picnic to truly enjoy this spot.

    Several sculptures including:
    “Chief Niwot,” Thomas Meagher Miller
    “Double Arc,” Jerry Wingre
    “Remnants”
    “Giddy Up!,” Gary Alsum
    Canyon Blvd. and 9th St.

    Charles Haertling Sculpture Garden in Boulder

    Discover More

    There's public art around every corner in Boulder, and the Boulder County Arts Alliance has most of them cataloged on bouldercountyarts.org.

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