Themed Street Art at Home and Abroad

Themed Street Art at Home and Abroad


themed artOne of the interesting things that I found early on in my travels is that there are many places throughout the US that have Themed Street art around the town.

Norfolk VA

In Norfolk Virginia, I was seeking cheap/free things to entertain my then 13 y/o daughter during her summer visit and I found Mermaids! Norfolk is full of mermaids!! Well, not real mermaids…did you think I’d lost my mind? They are actually artistic statues of mermaids. They are all over town! I don’t know how many in total but they are all themed and named and have some cute stories behind them. Pretty cute, I think! My daughter and I ended up going on a mermaid hunt and had a great time trying to find all of the mermaid statues scattered around the city.

(Unfortunately, I do not have photo’s from my personal Mermaid Hunt so I’m sharing the ‘borrowed’ photo’s below. Please stop by these sites and explore more of this fun and unique city.)

Louisville KY

While visiting Louisville KY on a Photo Safari with my daughter, we found Horses!  Statues of fancifully painted horses can be seen around Louisville. The horse statues were a part of the Gallopalooza art exhibition, and the horses honor past winners of the Kentucky Derby.

San Miguel, El Salvador

A recent trip nearly 5,000 miles away from Louisville, I discovered that themed art does not stop at the US border.  In San Miguel El Salvador, one of the local Colleges (Universidad Andreas Bello) has sponsored some great street art.  Art Deco Styled paintings abound on random poles down one lonely street near the College.  Each of these themed pieces of art explore a bit of the beauty, culture and activities of the local area. Also in El Salvador via the “Ruta de las Florthemed artes” there are several small towns with roadside murals depicting local events, festivals and daily life. 

Have you visited a city with Themed Art?  If so, please share it in the comments…I’m always interested in unique (and free) sights to explore in a new city.


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  1. Rapid City, SD, has bronze, life sized statues of the US presidents.
    Gillette,WY has western art bronzes which include elk, moose, horse boy fishing, boy with his dog, ducks, birds in flight, etc. All strategically placed around town.

    • Thanks for the contribution Sherylen! That sounds like a great day of exploring in Gillette! If you get an opportunity (and have any pics) I would love to have you add them to the Wyoming Photo album on the FB Network Group!

  2. I would love it. I’ve been an LPN for 25 yrs.I want to travel so bad but I live paycheck to paycheck despite my children all being grown .