Public Art & Murals Walking Tour

Public Art & Murals Walking Tour

Madison, Indiana 47250, United States

Created By: Visit Madison, Inc.

Tour Information

Madison has long been a tourism destination known for its natural and built beauty. It boasts over 200 years of historic architecture, tree lined streetscapes, a lively commercial district, walkable neighborhoods, colorful gardens, and assortment of artistic offerings and events. There are several public artworks found throughout downtown. Many of these are murals and three-dimensional works that will last for generations. But Madison often receives temporary public art installations, so there is something new to see every year.

Madison has had the honor of being designated by the Indiana Arts Commission as a Cultural District. It’s the combination of old and new that makes this Arts and Cultural District so unique; beautifully preserved, historic in nature, but interestingly progressive and contemporary. The environment invites those from all over and inspires the artist to tell the story with their art, their words, and images that are unique to this little city.

Both local artists that call Madison home and artists from around the United States have left their mark on the town. See just how many public artworks have been created here in Madison, sizes big and small!

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What You'll See on the Tour

600 W 5th St. Founded in 1839, this cemetery features a wide array of tombstones in sculptural shapes. The most notable sculpture in the cemetery is a statue of Mary titled “Let There Be Light” by George Grey Barnard created in 1975. He... Read more
The original fountain was created in 1876 in Philadelphia and originally made out of cast iron. It was purchased and given to Madison 10 years later by the Odd Fellows. For the bicentennial celebration in 1976, it was recast into bronze. Th... Read more
Lytle Park, Corner of West & Third St. Local artist Eric Phagan created this sculpture in 2007 titled “The Ties That Bind”. It is constructed from railroad ties from Madison’s historic railroad, some of which can still be found on... Read more
101 E Main St., West Side of Building. A mural up high on the former Roger’s Corner building. It was from an original Eric Phagan painting and recreated by Bob Saueressig, Steve Bickis, and Kevin Carlson in 2013. The mural was inspired by... Read more
In the Alley East of 115 E Main St. This mural was painted in 2022 by Freddie Sizemore II, an artist from Madison. It spans a long length of the alleyway.
322 West St., South Side Tiffany Black, a known muralist and graduate of Hanover College, painted this in 2009. The massive, 3 story high mural features a large picture of a steam boat called the Revonah (Hanover spelled backwards) in the c... Read more
Hentz Lane Alleyway, Just East of the Shipley’s Mural This tranquil black, white, and red mural is found off the beaten path. It was created by Jenna Watkins and Ryan Lanham in 2023.
Side of Building on 316 Mulberry St. The pride of Madison and its sense of community is shown through these murals. Planning and fundraising for this project began in 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic by the Madison Area Arts Alliance.... Read more
Bicentennial Park, Southeast Corner Three poles hold moving sculptures that spin high up in the wind. Mesmerizing to see on a sunny day.


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