Exploring the Creative Public Art Installations of McLennan County, TX

The city of Waco, TX is a hub of creativity and artistry, which is evident in the many murals, sculptures, and public art installations that can be found throughout the city. One such installation is Luminary Spirit, a collection of six illuminated metal sculptures that tell unique stories about Waco. Located on I-35, in the underpass from 4th to 5th Streets, this public art project was facilitated by Creative Waco in partnership with the City of Waco, McLennan County, and other community partners and stakeholders. Creative Waco is a local art agency that works to cultivate and support a thriving cultural and creative community in Waco and McLennan County.

They are responsible for many of the city's murals and sculptures, and have an interactive online map that showcases all of the public art installations in the area. This map allows users to explore more than 18 categories to connect with creative individuals, organizations, and businesses in Waco and McLennan County. The program also facilitates the creation of new murals each year as a hands-on learning experience for students. They are involved in the creative process from development to execution.

Mayor Dillon Meek has expressed his commitment to partnering with artists on public art projects, and expects to see more of them in the future. One such project is La Valleur-Purvis' first public art installation in Waco. Located at the bottom of the Interstate 35 overpass on Fourth and Fifth Streets, six brightly colored, four-foot-tall luminous balloons will appear as a touch of Waco art in an unexpected place. Several community members and project leaders gathered at the underpass Friday morning to celebrate this public art project.