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PPAC # 29: Artistic Seating

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.

As the new year is about to begin, Cee and I met this week about the future of PPAC. As all of you know, Cee has an abundance of challenges that she hosts, and she had decided to step away from co-hosting PPAC on a regular basis. We will still see her as a participant occasionally and a guest host when I’m away, but for now she is taking a much-needed break. She redesigned our logo as a going-away present, and we will have her dynamic photo as the co-founder of this challenge. Thank you, Cee for your constant encouragement and advice as we launched this amazing photo challenge together.

The Photographing Public Art Challenge will continue to run from Friday at 9:00 am Phoenix time to the following Thursday at noon. Thanks again to all of you who have made this a fun challenge for both of us for over six months. You can check out my PPAC page for additional details.

Last week for PPAC #28, I had a marvelous response from all of you. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in PPAC.  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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My Choices for PPAC #29

Once in a while you find benches that are worthy of being called public art. We found this bench sitting outside of a fast-food restaurant where I least expected something artsy. As you would expect, it’s a little worn in places, but it is not the most comfortable seating available there which protects it.

This next magnificent bench we found in Sedona in the Tlaquepaque Shopping Center known for its artwork. Granted it was for sale, but for the time it was public art. I did not sit on it. Would you have?

This last piece of public art we found while hiking on a trail at a vista pullout on Highway 179 as we approached Bell and Courthouse Rock in Sedona.

Now it’s your turn.

Take us for a spin around your world to see the public art you love and tell us your stories if you like.

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  1. Interesting concept of artistic benches. I’ve seen a few over the years. My favorite is a bench in front of a church in Fargo with a homeless Jesus sleeping on the bench. There is still room to sit on the bench, so it qualifies.

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      • I took part in many of Cee’s challenges some years ago. I got busy with things and dropped them. She lived in Canby at the time and we talked about getting together! I dropped many challenges and would like to pick them up, perhaps do each of them once a month. I would like to put the PPAC on my schedule, Marsha.

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          • I have to coordinate with my daughter about the summer. I went last year but her husband, Will, made plans for the whole summer. I ended up going to two trips with them. But that was okay because she started a job as account payable. She worked part of the days during their vacation. I watched the kids.
            I’ll let Will know that I’ll be there at least once during July and August.

            I’ll be going in mid February, end of March, May, June, August, and September. They may come for Thanksgiving, then we’ll go for Christmas. 😊

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  2. I hope to join you for some of the fun things you do. This series in particular and some of your writing activities. Going to be on the lookout for some PPAC in my area to share. Love that gorgeous bench!! Funny, I was thinking only murals and graffiti would satisfy this theme but look at the other public art!!

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    • I’m so thrilled you are going to join us! I am inspired by all those who join in with everything from birdhouses to signs on the side of a large building and carvings in the sidewalk. Art is all around us just for the looking. It’s a joy to host it! 🙂


  3. Great idea to feature benches as public art – some of them certainly merit it! I’m skipping this week because I’m still immersed in the ‘favourite photos of 2021’ Lens Arts challenge, but I’ll find something for you for next week!


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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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