You don’t need to be an art snob to appreciate the diverse beauty of these pieces, located on a street, alleyway, or park near Noble House hotels.
Antler Arches [Jackson Hole, WY]
You may not think of Jackson Hole as one of America’s art capitals, but if you find yourself in the Town Square, you’ll spot four large, intricately constructed archways. Get closer, and you’ll notice that they’re built entirely out of antlers. Don’t worry! No elk were killed to make the arches. Each spring, male elk shed their antlers – so the 2,000 or so that go into each arch were obtained after being naturally shed. The arches make for a beautiful backdrop year-round – but especially during the holidays, as they’re wrapped in lights and have been the setting for many Christmas cards.
16th Avenue Tiled Steps [San Francisco, CA]
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps is the definition of a community effort. While the project was led by a couple of local residents, 300 others joined in making the 163 mosaic panels (one for each of the 163 steps), and more than 200 others helped fund it. The end result: a stunning, flowing image (established bit by bit on each step) of land, a river, the sky, the moon, and the sun. You could spend all day inspecting the exquisite detail and color of the piece, but the real magic doesn’t happen until the sun goes down. The tiles catch rays of light from the moon (or the rising or setting sun) that give the staircase an entirely different look in the dark.
The Fremont Troll [Seattle, WA]
A troll living under a bridge? It may be the stuff of fairytales, but it’s actually a reality in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. The work of four Seattle artists, this troll is 18 feet tall, weighs more than six tons, is constructed out of mixed media (including steel rebar, wire, and concrete), and, perhaps most importantly, resides under the Aurora bridge. He’s become as much a resident as any other Seattleite, and visitors are free to climb on him and snap a photo or two.
Fault Whisper [San Diego, CA]
Fault Whisper is a graceful blend of design and science. Receiving nationwide recognition in 2016 from Americans for the Arts (a notable art organization out of Washington, DC), the piece consists of two shiny, reflective seven-foot spheres – one on either side of the Rose Canyon Fault, maybe 25 yards apart. Each has a viewfinder aimed at the other sphere, and if there’s a change in the fault deep below the Earth’s surface, the sight lines will change slightly. There’s also an audio component, where a sensor that monitors movement deep below the Earth’s surface translates the very low-frequency sounds into notes that humans can hear, which are broadcast above ground, from a speaker.
Cambier’s Quilt [Naples, FL]
If you’re walking by the parking garage located at Sixth Avenue South and Eighth Street South and notice beautiful colors refracting and dancing around you, you’re not seeing things. Look up and you’ll see Cambier’s Quilt, the work of Florida artist Mark Fuller. Two structures – each 1,300 pounds and with 108 coated square panels that rotate with the wind – stand 12 feet tall and give the corner a well-needed splash of color.