Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.

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Last week for PPAC #21, Cee had a marvelous response from all of you. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge.  Here are the featured bloggers for this week.  Their posts really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

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FEATURED BLOGGERS

An Embarrassment of Riches
Robert’s Snap Spot
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And Miles to Go Before I Sleep…
Light Words

My Choices for PPAC #22

One of our favorite places to visit is the California Central Coast, and we particularly love Avila Beach. It used to be a sleepy little town until an oil spill forced the entire beach to shut down for cleaning. This process took years, and the town as we knew it disappeared and a new gentrified beach town appeared in its place.

Avila Beach, CA

Avila Beach Artist

It’s still a wonderful place, with a micro-climate that is warmer and more protected than any other on the Central California Coast. We happened to be there one day to watch an artist designing his sculptures.

He uses simple tools, a straw, and buckets of water.

Puppy Girl was more interested in his jacket.
I particularly loved his expression as he examined his pup’s face.

The artist’s other sculpture supervised his efforts on the next creation.

The artist must not have worked well under so much scrutiny and he left on a break. The pup adoringly awaited his master’s return.

Sculpterra Winery

Even though I have written about this winery long before we hosted PPAC, I thought they rated sharing again, only cropped and straightened. It was a little out of the way for us as we traveled home, but well worth the detour.

A holy elephant
on the prowl

They had a taco truck set up outside for humans who got hungry.

Try riding this wild horse! Id’ be nervous, too, with all these hungry cats roaming free.
just ate lunch too tuckered to move
Fresh fish – pre-skinned

Now it’s your turn.

Take us for a spin around your world to see the public art you love.


74 responses to “PPAC #22: Wineries and Sand Castles”

  1. Ps Avatar

    Read mine too

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  2. Debbie Smyth Avatar

    You’ve given us some real delights this week, Marsha

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Debbie. 🙂

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  3. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Hi Marsha,
    Here is my entry for this week. Hope you like it 😀
    https://ceenphotography.com/2021/11/22/ppac-23-bridges/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I think she sent this to both of us. It’s quite a story.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome post, Woolly! 🙂

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  6. babsje Avatar

    Hi Marsha

    Your selections of sandcastles is a delight. What public art can be more fun than that! Those sculptures at the Sculpterra Winery are incredible, especially the panther on the prowl.

    Here’s my offering that includes public art:

    https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2021/11/16/beautiful-great-blue-heron-fledgling-surprise/

    Best, Babsje

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wonderful post, Babsje. 🙂

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  10. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Here is Yvette’s entry from Priorhouse blog for the week.
    https://priorhouse.blog/2021/11/15/street-art-from-florida/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee.

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  11. anthropologist Avatar

    I’m so excited to share this with you: last weekend I was in Carmel. Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House is finally offering tours again!

    https://anthropologist.wordpress.com/2021/11/15/photographing-public-art-challenge-ppac-13-the-robinson-jeffers-tor-house-and-hawk-tower-carmel-by-the-sea/

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  13. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    wow Marsha, the sculptures are amazing and everyone did such a great job! I love your captions on your work and the prowler was amazing.
    LOVE Avila Beach.. such a gift! 💖💖💖
    Nice job my friend!💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy. Welcome back!

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  15. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    Stunning art pieces Marsha! Difficult to choose a favourite!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Aletta. Sculpterra is a fun place to visit. The beach carries no such guarantees for seeing artwork, but I love it! 🙂

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        The beach artwork is just amazing

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Aletta!❤️❤️❤️

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  17. Susan T. Braithwaite Avatar

    The metal sculptures are fantastic!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Susan. The pictures can’t do them justice. They are amazing.

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  18. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    You show us truly stunning art this week. The tiger is especially amazing.

    After my lengthy series I’m in need some waving and ironing but already have some ideas for the future.

    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2021/11/14/pic-and-a-word-289-ppac-the-wave-of-irony/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I like this one! 🙂

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      1. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

        I’m glad, Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It does look like you cup of tea.

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  21. Photos by Jez Avatar

    Wow, Marsha 😲 I thought the beach sculptures were fantastic (which they are), but the sculptures at the winery are amazing 😃 I’ve got a big cat in mine as well: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2021/11/13/big-cat-in-the-city-ppac-22/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for joining in this week, Jez. 🙂

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  23. Sue Avatar

    The sand sculpture is brilliant!

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  24. Sofia Alves Avatar

    Wonderful post. Two completely different sections but both really interesting and there was not one sculpture I didn’t like.
    Here is mine:
    https://photographias.wordpress.com/2021/11/13/ppac-glasgow-6/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome mural, Sofia. 🙂

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  26. anthropologist Avatar

    I LOVE Avila Beach! I was there in June. Still so pretty. But, yes, gentrified.

    One day I will catch up. In the meantime: https://anthropologist.wordpress.com/2021/11/13/photographing-public-art-challenge-ppac-12-gardens-art/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I am going back for a couple of days in January. Winter is the best time to go, I think. The valley is foggy and cold. Prescott is snowy and cold. Time to go to the beach! I’m so excited! 🙂

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  28. eklastic Avatar

    Where to begin?! What a great collection.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awwww, thanks, Elke. That’s how we felt when we walked through the winery – and of course, who doesn’t love a sweet sand dog?

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  30. Teresa Avatar

    The sculptures brought me back to memories when my kids and I frequented sand sculpture exhibits when they were little. And the winery sculptures are cool! Here is mine https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2021/11/13/seats-public-art/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It would be cool to see a collection of sand sculptures. Where did you find those? Are they still putting them on? How fun! I think it would be fun to go to an ice sculpture exhibit.

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      1. Teresa Avatar

        We had it every year here in some of the bay areas in Melbourne. But I don’t go to it anymore once the kids have grown up. Maybe I will share them one day when I find it.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Join my world! Share when I find it! 🙂

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  32. Cee Neuner Avatar

    WOW Marsha, these are fantastic photos. I love to see sand sculptures 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Those were fun. We hit it just right!

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  33. Toonsarah Avatar

    This brought back happy memories. We stopped at Avila Beach purely by chance on the first night of our first ever US road trip. This was back in 1991 and we really liked it there 🙂

    Those sculptures at the winery are excellent. Of course the elephant is my favourite and I also like the lioness (?) and cat!

    And thank you for featuring me 😊 This week I have some very large snails: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-giant-snails-invading-riga/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You always bring us a surprise treat!

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  35. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    We often stay in Paso Robles on our way up or down the coast but we’ve never visited Sculpterra before. That will definitely change the next time we are in the area. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Paso is nice and Sculpterra isn’t too far from there. You take 46, I think till you get there. It’s wonderful, usually sunny and about 5-10 degrees warmer than Pismo and about 30 degrees cooler than Paso.

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  36. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Hi Marsha, you have shared some lovely pictures of sculptures.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Roberta! 🙂

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  37. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Ahhh, thank you, Marsha, now it’s really my blog among the featured ones. 🙂 Thank you for that! I love your post, all of it, the artist’s gentle expression and the extremely well done beastie sculptures. I might be posting later than usual but I will find something sooner or later.

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  38. willowdot21 Avatar

    Wow, those are all just wonderful 💜

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