Sculpture Walk Peoria Enhances Warehouse District

Bring new life to a blighted neighborhood with trendy condos or apartments. Add craft breweries and restaurants. To complete the effort, install public art. We love the revitalization efforts we’re seeing throughout Midwest cities, including the Warehouse District in Peoria, Illinois. Once a deteriorating neighborhood, today developers can’t convert old warehouses to apartment buildings quickly enough. In the evenings, crowds gather at craft breweries. And Sculpture Walk Peoria adds an artistic touch to the once-again bustling Warehouse District just southwest of downtown Peoria.

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Sculpture Walk Peoria Features Local Artists

Each year new sculptures, most created by Midwest artists, make up Sculpture Walk Peoria. Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. In 2017, sixteen sculptures dotted Washington Street through the Warehouse District. In 2018, those sculptures are replaced by eight new ones. Some permanent sculptures, including one of comedian Richard Pryor, are also on exhibit along Washington Street. You can spend a few hours wandering up and down the street reading about and admiring the art.

Richard Pryor sculpture Peoria
“Richard Pryor—More Than Just a Comedian” by Preston Jackson. The late comedian was born and raised in Peoria

All of the Sculpture Walk Peoria artworks are for sale. Prices are listed on the Sculpture Walk website, along with a description of the art and the artist’s contact information. Load the website on your phone, or print it ahead of time, to ensure you find all of the pieces.

If you don’t print a map and guide, you can read about each art piece on the description near the sculpture. Below are a few photos of the 2017 sculptures to give you an idea of the types of art pieces you’ll see on the tour:

Warehouse District Sculpture Walk Peoria 2017 1
From left: “The Pedestrian” by Patricia Whalen Keck, Peoria IL; “Intergalactic Subatomic Particle Enhancer—ISPE” by Doug Gruizenga, Interlochen MI; “Hesitant” by Ben Pierce, Cape Girardeau MO

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2017 - Warehouse DistrictFrom left: “Fire Birds” by Michael Young, Chicago IL; “Angles, Shadows Reaching” by Bill McGrath, Batavia IL; “Time Passes” by David Zahn, Moline IL

 

Wired Stag sculpture 2017 Sculpture Walk Peoria
“Wired Stag” by Jeff Best, Clare, Michigan, won the 2017 Sculpture Walk Peoria People’s Choice Award

Guided Sculpture Walk Peoria tours

Prefer a guided tour? Free Sculpture Walk Peoria guided tours are available every Saturday at 10 a.m. and noon. Tours leave from the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby, located at 222 SW Washington Street.

Take a break for a drink or a meal.

During our visit, we dined at Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer, which you can read about here.

Accommodations

We stayed at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria on our most recent Peoria visit. Check rates and reviews on TripAdvisor

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2 thoughts on “Sculpture Walk Peoria Enhances Warehouse District

  • June 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    We’ve seen the difference sculptures have made in both Sioux Falls and Rapid City, SD. If you haven’t seen them, I hope you get the chance. Public art really is helping revitalize what were once dirty, crime-ridden neighborhoods. Loved what they’ve done in Chicago!

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    • June 28, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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      I’ve seen the presidents in Rapid City, Penny, but I haven’t been to Sioux Falls yet. It’s on my list! Yes, Chicago has done a fabulous job, too. I believe the cows started the public art phenomenon in the U.S. where people paint all the same statue and later they’re auctioned off.

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