Arts in Public Places

Public Art 

Take a walking or scenic driving tour through the city of Greenville and discover a diverse collection of public artwork.

The City's Arts in Public Places ineractive walking tour is a great resource for discovering the unique artwork that complements the city's continued growth. The tour provides a map of the city, photographs of the city's artwork and detailed descriptions.

View City of Greenville Public Art on your computer, iPad, tablet or mobile device.

Application for the Placement of Public Art

If you are interested in placing a public art piece, please fill out the Application for the Placement of Public Art.


The Arts in Public Places Artists Registry is an online registration tool for artists and design professionals interested in working on public art projects in the city of Greenville. Please complete the online registration form to become a member. The registry is open to all artists nationally.

Arts in Public Places Commission

The Arts in Public Places Commission evaluates and recommends specific pieces of art for placement throughout the City; develops, adopts, and periodically revises a plan for the identification of strategic sites for the placement of objects of public art; establishes partnerships and funding opportunities for public art; and promotes awareness of art, and public art in particular, in the community. For more information or to apply to serve on the Commission, please visit the City’s Boards and Commissions.

Media mentions

The Butterfly Project on PBS News

Murals Across SC on Palmetto Scene


On the hunt for a fun, kid-friendly activity? See if you can find all nine of the small bronze mice hidden along the five blocks of Main Street, between the Hyatt Regency and the Westin Poinsett hotels. Use the Mice on Main Hints (PDF) for additional help on your scavenger hunt. Let the chase begin!

Recent Installations 

Canvas Mural

Canvas Mural 4

The Beach Company, a Charleston-based real estate development firm, commissioned a large-scale mural for Canvas Tower, the 130,000-square-foot office building located at 301 College Street, across from Heritage Green. Award-winning Australian visual artist and photographer Guido van Helten’s photorealistic mural on the façade of the eight-story building features longtime Greenville resident and educator, Pearlie Harris. According to van Helten, who visited Greenville and met with a variety of community leaders earlier this year, the mural concept explores connectivity, diversity and unity in Greenville, using the history of integration in education as a unifying symbolic theme. The design references the history of desegregation and integration of schools in Greenville County and suggests themes around the value one teacher can have across many generations.


Aria - Sue Simpson 2020 (1)

One of Greenville’s most distinctive pieces of public art has a new home AND a new look! Aria, an abstract painted steel sculpture by artist Michael Neil Jacobsen, was recently relocated from the Waco F. Childers, Jr. Garden on Stone Avenue to the Sue Simpson Garden at 16 Cleveland Street. Additionally, with the artist’s approval, the City hired a local vendor to repaint the sculpture a vibrant sapphire blue. Commissioned by the City in 2007, Aria resembles a skein of tumbled ribbon, with S-like shapes that are bent, twisted and formed into curved complex loops. The sculpture’s title is an opera term that refers to an elaborate melody sung by a single voice, usually with instrumental accompaniment.