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Mapping Public Art Across the Cape & Islands, 2013

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Here now, Curbed Cape Cod's updated map of public art across the Cape and Islands. From Falmouth to Provincetown, indoors and out, over water and under the Shining Sea (Bikeway), here's a handy guide to murals, paintings, sculptures, statues, and even a labyrinth. Feel free to hit the tipline if you know of any other public art we should include next time.


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1. Shining Sea Bikeway Mural

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Shining Sea Bikeway
Falmouth, MA
Artist and West Falmouth native Jim Bowen completed this 20'x4' mosaic mural. Located under the Palmer Avenue overpass, the work shows a number of Falmouth landmarks.

2. WPA Mural

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120 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
Located in the Falmouth Post Office, this WPA mural is a 1943 oil on canvas by Karl Oberteuffer titled "Recapture of Corn Schooner from British."

3. BHS Murals + Labyrinth

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744 West Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02601
The meditative memorial garden with labyrinth at Barnstable High School includes a water feature with a rolling stone.

4. Hummingbird Sculpture

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725 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
A gas station once stood on this Hyannis lot, now a walking garden that doubles as a nursery assisting in pollution control. The Hummingbird sculpture is by Donald Gerola.

5. JFK Statue

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397 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Designed by David Lewis, this statue of President John F. Kennedy walking barefoot through sand and grass is located in front of the JFK museum in downtown Hyannis.

6. Vernon Coleman Murals

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367 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Restored murals by the late Cape artists Vernon Coleman can be viewed in a number of public buildings in Barnstable, including this work at the town hall.

7. HyArts District Walkway to the Sea

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Ocean Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Linking downtown Hyannis to its historic waterfront, the Walkway to the Sea features an apropos public art installation of lobster buoys.

8. Iyannough Statue

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1 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Fun fact: Hyannis was named for the leader of the Mattachiest (Mattakeese) tribe of Cummaquid, Iyannough. This statue of him watches over the village green.

9. Paines Creek Mural

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1673 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02631
Artist Karen North Wells completed this gifting mural for the Brewster Council on Aging in 2010.

10. Highlands Center

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Old Dewline Road, Cape Cod
Truro, MA 02652
The Highlands Center at the Cape Cod National Seashore was conceived by AmeriCorps volunteers. The murals showcase natural resource management and volunteerism though art.

11. Provincetown Inn Murals

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1 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
Don Aikens began painting murals throughout the Provincetown Inn in 1966. The scenes are based on old photographs and postcards that depict early 20th century life in Provincetown.

12. Town Hall Paintings & Murals

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260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
More than 30 paintings and murals, mostly produced during the first half of the 20th century, are on display throughout Town Hall.

13. They Also Faced The Sea

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309 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
Located at the end of Fisherman's Wharf in Provincetown Harbor, "'They Also Faced The Sea' installation was designed to keep the spirit and the presence of Portuguese culture alive by Ewa Nogiec, artist, publisher of iamprovincetown.com and owner of Gallery Ehva, and Norma Holt, photographer."

14. Margot Datz Murals

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56 School Street
Oak Bluffs, MA 02568
The children's section of the Oak Bluffs Public Library features a number of murals by artist Margot Datz.

15. Gardiner's Corner Mural

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16 Main Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
Located at Gardiner's Corner (Main and Washington Streets), this Nantucket mural dates to the mid-1930s. A restoration project begun in 2006 brought the mural, subject of the documentary "Compass Rose," back to its former glory.

1. Shining Sea Bikeway Mural

Shining Sea Bikeway, Falmouth, MA
Artist and West Falmouth native Jim Bowen completed this 20'x4' mosaic mural. Located under the Palmer Avenue overpass, the work shows a number of Falmouth landmarks.
Shining Sea Bikeway
Falmouth, MA

2. WPA Mural

120 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540
Located in the Falmouth Post Office, this WPA mural is a 1943 oil on canvas by Karl Oberteuffer titled "Recapture of Corn Schooner from British."
120 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

3. BHS Murals + Labyrinth

744 West Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02601
The meditative memorial garden with labyrinth at Barnstable High School includes a water feature with a rolling stone.
744 West Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02601

4. Hummingbird Sculpture

725 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
A gas station once stood on this Hyannis lot, now a walking garden that doubles as a nursery assisting in pollution control. The Hummingbird sculpture is by Donald Gerola.
725 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

5. JFK Statue

397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
Designed by David Lewis, this statue of President John F. Kennedy walking barefoot through sand and grass is located in front of the JFK museum in downtown Hyannis.
397 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

6. Vernon Coleman Murals

367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
Restored murals by the late Cape artists Vernon Coleman can be viewed in a number of public buildings in Barnstable, including this work at the town hall.
367 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

7. HyArts District Walkway to the Sea

Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
Linking downtown Hyannis to its historic waterfront, the Walkway to the Sea features an apropos public art installation of lobster buoys.
Ocean Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

8. Iyannough Statue

1 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
Fun fact: Hyannis was named for the leader of the Mattachiest (Mattakeese) tribe of Cummaquid, Iyannough. This statue of him watches over the village green.
1 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

9. Paines Creek Mural

1673 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631
Artist Karen North Wells completed this gifting mural for the Brewster Council on Aging in 2010.
1673 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02631

10. Highlands Center

Old Dewline Road, Cape Cod, Truro, MA 02652
The Highlands Center at the Cape Cod National Seashore was conceived by AmeriCorps volunteers. The murals showcase natural resource management and volunteerism though art.
Old Dewline Road, Cape Cod
Truro, MA 02652

11. Provincetown Inn Murals

1 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
Don Aikens began painting murals throughout the Provincetown Inn in 1966. The scenes are based on old photographs and postcards that depict early 20th century life in Provincetown.
1 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

12. Town Hall Paintings & Murals

260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
More than 30 paintings and murals, mostly produced during the first half of the 20th century, are on display throughout Town Hall.
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

13. They Also Faced The Sea

309 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
Located at the end of Fisherman's Wharf in Provincetown Harbor, "'They Also Faced The Sea' installation was designed to keep the spirit and the presence of Portuguese culture alive by Ewa Nogiec, artist, publisher of iamprovincetown.com and owner of Gallery Ehva, and Norma Holt, photographer."
309 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

14. Margot Datz Murals

56 School Street, Oak Bluffs, MA 02568
The children's section of the Oak Bluffs Public Library features a number of murals by artist Margot Datz.
56 School Street
Oak Bluffs, MA 02568

15. Gardiner's Corner Mural

16 Main Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Located at Gardiner's Corner (Main and Washington Streets), this Nantucket mural dates to the mid-1930s. A restoration project begun in 2006 brought the mural, subject of the documentary "Compass Rose," back to its former glory.
16 Main Street
Nantucket, MA 02554