There is Always More to Discover in Walla Walla
By Barb C.:
For a small town, Walla Walla is lucky to have so many great public art pieces. A short walk east, past the baseball field at the Walla Walla Community College, along the paved Mill Creek trail you will discover this piece by Buster Simpson. To learn more about the artist, click here.
Walk a little further east and venture along the rocky path to the William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center to view another piece by the same artist. “Instrument Implement:Walla Walla Campanile” was completed in 2008. You have to walk around the building to find this scultpure. Part of this piece is made from harrow discs and is a musical instrument. There are several small mallets at the base to tap the discs. Don’t be shy. Give it a try.
Although not quite as photographed as the dog sculpture on Main Street, this lovely sculpture has been around since 1990 and is Walla Walla’s first public art installation. Created by local artist Bill Piper, is titled “From a Hole in the Earth”. If you are having breakfast at Bacon & Eggs, take a short stroll to the end of Main Street and across Isaacs Avenue. Located in a tiny park on the corner called “Xeriscape Park”, this pocket park packs a lot of punch. Alliteration aside, this park is lovingly landscaped and filled with lots of low maintenance, native plants. Click here to listen to Bill Piper tell about the creation of the sculpture.
The Whitman College Campus is filled with many amazing and beautiful sculptures. You can pick up a walking map at the Tourism Walla Walla Visitor Center located at 26 E. Main Street or view the map by clicking here. However, this stately gentleman, is not a part of the Whitman collection. Venture east of the campus on Boyer Ave, a few blocks past Lakum Duckum, to find him. I can’t tell you how many times I have walked right past and not seen him. If you make it all the way to Wildwood Park on the corner of Division and Boyer, you missed him too.
Recognize the license plates? Yup. Another piece by Buster Simpson. Located at the end of Marcus Street on the Whitman Campus. This little gem offers an amazing view of the Mill Creek channel. It might also be a good spot to steal a kiss. So be sure to bring along someone special.
Located just off of Main Street behind Tallman’s Drug Store, you will find this pair plus several more. Who knew?