It only takes a walk around charming Cannon Beach to understand why this special village is known as one of America’s 100 Top Art Towns.
Review a gallery walking route that will guide you to the top galleries, featuring works by nationally known artists, top emerging Northwest talent, and even a working glass-blowing studio.
However, you can also explore some of the wonderful public art that certainly underscores the town’s reputation. You can download a map of the 1.5 walk that starts at the corner of Spruce and 2nd streets.
Seven Notable Art Installations and More
You can visit seven notable installations along the public art walk route. Several other fountains, sculptures, and murals are visible too. As a matter of fact, many architectural details and colorful flowers make the walk even more visually enjoyable.
Begin starting near public parking and a rest area at the north end of town.
- The Wave This stainless-steel installation depicts a modern interpretation of rolling waves. Created by Sharon Warman Agnor, you’ll see the Wave at the start of the walking tour. Additionally, you can also take note of architectural details at the town’s information center. Look up to see an osprey nest, jellyfish lamps and downspouts that pay homage to Native American art.
- Whale Ribs Weather-rusted metal ribs with circular glass insets represent Whale Ribs. Nick Thomas Design Studio created this creative installation. You’ll see it lining the sidewalk one block north, in front of a small public parking lot at 3rd Street.
- Welcome Pole Afterward, head to the north and walk along the Bark Trail at the edge of Ecola Creek. There, experience a wooden sculpture inspired by the original Clatsop-Nehalem tribe that lived there in a village called NeCus when Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery passed this way in 1806. Native American artist Guy Capoeman created the work.
Along the Beachfront
- Whale Sculpture is located in a small park at the end of town. This sleek bronze sculpture commemorates a visit to the area by Lewis and Clark where they reportedly encountered a washed-ashore whale. You’ll see it in a plaza area not far from Bruce’s Candy Kitchen.
Center of Town
- Delicate Balance is undoubtedly charming. This whimsical and colorful sculpture features curiously stacked chickens and eggs. Created by sculptor Wayne Chabre, you can experience it resting across the street from the Coaster Theatre.
- Tufted Puffins celebrates the beloved seabirds that return to Haystack Rock each spring. Northwest sculptor Georgia Gerber created the charming installation. You’ll find it at the corner of Gower and Hemlook.
- Contact represents two figures reaching toward each other. In fact, the sculpture is a cut steel bright orange bench. Lastly, you can see it a block south and west of Tufted Puffins.
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