Please forgive me. But in my defense, all the art featured here is free to look at.

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 #27, 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 our attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

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FEATURED BLOGGERS for PPAC #27

My Choices for PPAC #28

A couple of weeks ago, we took our former neighbor Carmen back to the airport. We had lunch at Cracker Barrel because there are very few in California and she wanted to go there.

Cracker Barrel – Phoenix

Carmen is super-efficient, and in no time had interviewed the manager to answer our puzzle over lunch. (to validate which one of us was right) Were all the Cracker Barrels decorated exactly alike? Carmen said yes, and I said no. Vince kept out of it and ate in silence.

The right answer was “Yes and no.”

It turns out that there is a collection of about 8 photos that appears in all the restaurants across the country. Beyond that, the grandson of the original owner spends his time shopping at antique stores around the country buying local antiques. What a fun job that would be – an American Restaurant Antiques Pickers.

All the art is stored in an antique warehouse. An expert decorating team assembles the walls, marks each piece’s location on the wall, takes the walls apart for shipping to the site along with the appropriate antiques, and then the builders reassemble them in the restaurant.

You never have to wonder about anything with Carmen. She is a sleuth whether on the internet or going right to the source.

Old Town Scottsdale

Then we went into Old Town Scottsdale and walked around the canal area. Public art abounded everywhere. Here are a few samples of what we saw there. I’m sure it looks amazing at night.

I’m sure these photos all would look more dramatic at night, but we still got into the ball and Vince took our pictures. I have no idea of the significance of the two listing silver towers next to the Christmas tree. If anyone knows or wants to hazard a guess, we would all be enlightened. Maybe they shoot out fireworks at night?

Tomorrow Vince, Cindy and I will celebrate Christmas at home. Maybe we can drive around and take pictures of public art.

Now it’s your turn.

What are you doing? Take us on a spin around your part of the world through the public art you find. Have a happy holiday.


66 responses to “PPAC #28: I’m Cheating This Week…”

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  2. Julie Avatar

    That dog is so cute. It’s the one where it looks like it “breathes” right? I have one — I wonder if it’s the same brand except mine is a husky.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Isn’t he adorable? I should go back and get him for my sister-in-law. She just had to put her 14-year-old dog down because it was in such pain with cancer. She wants a puppy, and as her landlord, I told her no puppy, no dog. She only makes $500 a month on Social Security, so there is no way for her to afford a dog. So, she has my dog right now. Puppy Girl loves her.

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      Thanks, Cee!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for joining in during this busy time, Aletta. Your photos are stunning. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much for sharing. Nice garden.

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  5. Toonsarah Avatar

    As promised I’m back with a contribution, although arguably I’m cheating too as this is a very loose definition of art! https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-motorbike-art-in-south-east-asia/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Adorable, Sarah! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love this! 🙂

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  7. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    I see no cheating here! This is an amazing golden globe. At night it must be truly wicked.

    Thank you again for featuring me, it was a nice Christmas surprise. And now we will all be eaten by sharks.

    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2021/12/27/ppac-piran-6-murals/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for joining in, Manja! 🙂

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  9. Toonsarah Avatar

    I like that Golden ball but having not ever been to Cracker Barrel I didn’t really get the thing about walls?

    I’m all behind with Christmas but will try to come back with a post later in the week!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you. The walls inside of the restaurant are like fences between groups of tables to give more privacy in a large space. All the walls are decorated with old-fashioned pictures, posters and antiques hanging from them. All the decorations on the wall are chosen by the grandson and their places to be hung on the walls are pre-marked in the warehouse before the items are shipped.

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      1. Toonsarah Avatar

        Thanks for the explanation – I hadn’t quite visualised those interior fences 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          No worries. I’m not always clear when I explain things, Sarah.

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          1. Toonsarah Avatar

            I’m sure it was completely clear to anyone who knows what a Cracker Barrel looks like! I’ve seen them I think when we’ve been in the US but never been inside 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            You are too kind, my friend. Cracker Barrel was concentrated on the east coast, so it was a treat for us westerners to visit them only when we traveled. Now that we have one in town, it’s like a fun chain store we visit when we have company mostly. The food is good and comes in large quantities and the store is always fun to browse through.

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  11. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Love the golden globe.
    Happy new year!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much Sofia. 🙂

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  12. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Happy Christmas to you and Vince, Marsha. I hope you’ve had a lovely day.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We had a great time with Cindy and a neighbor who dropped in unexpectedly. How about you?

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        We had a delicious lunch with Mum, Dad, my sister and her fiancé. It was a really nice day.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That is so wonderful. Hope you have a great New Year. It’s pretty cold here. Brrr

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  13. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Merry Christmas to you and Lynn and your family, John. 🙂

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  14. BeckyB Avatar

    Such a lovely post xx

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Becky B. xxx

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  15. utesmile Avatar

    Merry Christmas Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Ute. Merry Christmas to you and Danny and all your friends and family. 🙂

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  17. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Great questions for Cracker Barrel. Good answer too!
    Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Donna. Wishing you and your family and friends a very merry Christmas as well.

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  18. bushboy Avatar

    Vince was right not to say anything 😂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      hahahaha! He’s a smart guy, BB!

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  19. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    Merry Christmas, Marsha to you and yours. It will be Cincinnati for us, where it will be abnormally warm and rainy on Christmas Day. Possibly the warmest Christmas ever here.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Interesting. We are having a ton of rain here, too. It’s supposed to start snowing on Monday and continue all week. Enjoy your time in Cincinnati, Frank. I’m presuming with family and friends. 🙂 Merry Christmas. 🙂

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      1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

        Cincinnati is home but most of family is out of town

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That’s not fair! Have a wonderful Christmas, Frank. I’ll look forward to your next beach walk. 🙂

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          1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

            It is what it is. This is the time of year when to be with family, we travel.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Our family is so small, we just brought her with us. 🙂

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  20. ljcillustration Avatar

    My granddaughters would really look cute in that outfit.
    Happy holidays
    https://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2021/12/24/ppac-28/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love these, Lin! 🙂

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  22. Jim Borden Avatar

    I’ve only been to Cracker Barrel once, but that was interesting about their approach to store design…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It’s not Vince’s favorite, but I love to look through the shop.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        You make me want to go there just to check it out!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Take your wife. She will love it. 🙂

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  23. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Nice post for this week. Merry Christmas to you and your hubby 😀 😀
    I’ll be back on Monday with my entry.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. I went live today, but you can tell I was late. Then I forgot to post the link on all my congratulation notices! I need more coffee! Have a beautiful day. It’s raining here all day long. Snow scheduled for Sunday and all next week.

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      1. Cee Neuner Avatar

        I didn’t notice you went live. If we are getting together on Monday, we can talk about if we want to make any changes on this challenge.

        It’s raining and Saturday through Monday we maybe getting snow and even colder weather.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’d love to talk on Monday. 🙂

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          1. Cee Neuner Avatar

            Consider it a date, unless you are still involved in Christmas activities.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            No, back to non-Christmas activities. Vince will be overseeing the installment of Cindy’s new garage door.

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