Public Art Installations in Sarasota

For those interested in exploring further, Sarasota's public art program offers more than 95 works citywide, with a variety of sculptures, murals, and other installations to discover.  Exploring these public art installations provides a unique way to experience the city’s commitment to making art accessible and integral to its cultural identity.

Downtown Sarasota

Visitors to downtown Sarasota will find a huge variety of contemporary and abstract art to enjoy.  Just a few of the highlights to seek out include Sarasota Deco on Main Street and Central Avenue, across from Five Points Park (a stainless steel sculpture by Rob Lorenson), Embracing Our Differences, in the middle of the Main Street and Orange Avenue roundabout (an infinity-esque sculpture, Bravo, at the center of the Orange Avenue and Ringling Blvd. roundabout (an abstract sculpture by Jorge Blanco), the Samurai sculpture, outside of City Hall, as well as Complexus, at the intersection of US 41 and John Ringling Bridge (a bright red metallic abstract sculpture).

Sarasota Bayfront Park

This park features several sculptures and installations along the waterfront.  Here you will find Sarasota’s most famous statue, Unconditional Surrender, a thirty-foot sculpture created from the iconic 1945 photograph taken of a soldier returning home after the end of World War II.

Historic Burns Court

You will find all kinds of art here on Pineapple Avenue and Orange Avenue.  There are a number of classic and abstract murals on buildings, and you will also find 200 hand-painted sidewalks to enjoy as you stroll along the streets.

Rosemary District

The incredible public art murals continue to expand in the neighborhood of Rosemary, as several artists contribute to the local art scene.  You will also see numerous works of art here celebrating the past, present, and future of the Rosemary District.

Lido Key

You will find a series of wonderful murals at the Lido Beach Pavilion.  Nearby, at St. Armands Circle, you can also find the Allegory of Sarasota and its Seven Virtues (seven statues representing the seven qualities of life: water, music, flora, sculpture, learning, medicine, and bounty).

Historic Downtown Venice

The historic area of downtown Venice is being transformed with public art.  Here you will see numerous murals and sculptures celebrating the area and the works of local artists.  Much of it is being spearheaded by the Venice Area Beautification organization.

Casey Key, Nokomis

Casey Key is known for the wonderfully eclectic murals of artist Hiero Veiga, which evoke images of the area’s waterfront environment.  Make sure you spot the palm leaf-painted van parked at the Escape Casey Key Resort and Marina.

Your Home Away From Home

You could spend a week discovering all of the wonderful public art installations that Sarasota has to offer.  Come to think of it, why not do just that?  Spend a week (or two) and discover everything the great city of Sarasota has to offer.  There isn’t a better place to stay than on Siesta Key while you visit, and the best place on Siesta Key to capture the essence of Old Florida is at The Inn on Siesta Key.

Close to the beach and to Siesta Key Village, The Inn on Siesta Key is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of big city life.  Here, we still have captured the essence of vintage Florida which is becoming harder and harder to find. 

This year, make memories that will last a lifetime… and it all starts at The Inn on Siesta Key.

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