People who care about art, care. This thought occurred to me late Wednesday afternoon as I took my camera for a little stroll through Downtown Appleton.
I wanted to document all the public art projects springing up through the city, and I saw plenty. You are beautiful, Appleton, and your splendor flows from within.
I saw a kind woman helping an elderly man to his car. A jolly bus driver sporting a Clay Matthews jersey struck a pose when he saw my camera. A grandma, mom and little girl crossing Houdini Plaza delighted in the art work they spotted there, and urged me to take a look.
Someone took the time to paint the hydrangeas in front of the Appleton Center. Student artists created wraps for all 16 traffic boxes along College Avenue.
Well-tended flower boxes still bloom, and yarn art adds even more color to the display. Big, bright murals cover whole walls and bring life to the cool old buildings standing there.
Anyone can dress up a street for a festival or two, and Appleton does a nice job of that. But, the real test of a city is the way it looks on an ordinary Wednesday afternoon and, if I may say so myself, Appleton is looking sharp.