Find playful bronze puffins frolicking along the sidewalks, a commemorative totem gracing the bank of Ecola Creek and modern art benches along the streets as part of the varied collection of public art pieces in Cannon Beach, known as one of America’s best art towns. With over a dozen galleries and at least as many public art displays to choose from, you’ll be looking around every corner for your next favorite creative display.
With everything from modern sculptures to frolicking animals, the public art in Cannon Beach is an experience in its own right. Spend a day wandering from one work of art to the next; pop in and out of the town’s many galleries; and admire the architecture and finishes of the many cottages and public buildings throughout town. You’ll find plenty to behold along the streets, sidewalks and lawns of this beautiful village by the sea.
Here’s a north-to-south list of some of the public art around town to start your tour:
Welcome Pole: A wooden welcome pole, carved by Guy Capoeman and inspired by Clatsop-Nehalem tribes who lived in this area long ago, stands along the bank of Ecola Creek and at the edge of NeCus’ Park.
Whale Ribs: Tall metal ‘ribs’ with circular glass insets punctuate the edge of the public parking lot at the north end of town along 3rd Street and were created by Nick Thomas Design Studio.
Whale Sculpture: Originally made of wood, the metal whale sculpture at Whale Park near the intersection of 3rdStreet and Hemlock is a beloved favorite among locals and visitors alike.
The Wave: Sharon Warman Agnor sculpted the curves, lines and subtle colors of this modern piece, located on the southeast corner of 2nd Street and Spruce, across from the Information Center.
A Delicate Balance: Whimsy abounds in this seemingly precarious chicken-and-egg sculpture by Wayne Chabre, which is located on the southeast corner of 1st Street and Hemlock.
Tufted Puffins: This pair of fun-loving birds, created by well-known bronze sculptor Georgia Gerber, frolic along Hemlock near the midtown parking lot and bus stop, as if they themselves are waiting for a ride.
Contact: Just across Hemlock from midtown parking, you’ll find a bright orange bench formed by two figures reaching toward each other and created by Alise A. Looney.
Fisherman’s Dance: Located along the Sunset exit near midtown, Steve Jensen carved these three wooden posts with swirls and patterns that seems to almost bring them to life before your eyes.
Salmon Journey: Metal twists around solid stone in this sculpture designed by Lillian Pitt and Aaron Loveitt and located in the quiet northeast corner of the Tolovana Wayside.