The World’s Best Works of Contemporary Public Art

Public art can be tricky business. In the wrong hands, it becomes just another part of the corporate milieu, or succumbs to heavy-handed propaganda. But done right, it adds something memorable to the city- or landscape in which it resides. It informs, inspires, entertains, sends an unexplained chill down the spine.

Here are nine of our favorite works currently on display around the world. Note that only permanent installations have been included here, with one interesting exception, and that all are on display free of charge.

Click through the slide show to see all nine works…




First Generation Pin

Mehmet Ali Uysal’s giant clothespin Pin

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Sarah is the founder and editor of Flung, the author of Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, and a widely published travel and culture writer. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.