If you’re looking for something fun to do on a nice day, take this Dallas walking tour and visit these beautiful outdoor sculptures. From Pioneer Plaza to Deep Ellum, plan for about 2-3 hours depending on how quickly you go.
Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive (400 South Griffin Street)
Pioneer Plaza, located near the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, features three bronze sculptures of cowboys and 50 bronze sculptures of longhorn cattle. The art was created by Robert Summer and the Slaney Santana Group, and each sculpture weighs close to 1,200 pounds.
From here, head two blocks east on Young Street to Dallas City Hall.
The Dallas Piece (1500 Marilla Street)
Henry Moore created this sculpture in front of Dallas City Hall in 1976. Moore designed it with curves to contrast with city hall’s geometric structure.
Floating Sculpture (1500 Marilla Street)
Marta Pan’s abstract sculpture located next to The Dallas Piece is supposed to remind visitors of a mother and child. Set in water, the pieces sometimes move with the wind.
From here, walk north on Ervay Street for four blocks and then turn west onto Main Street to get to The Eye.
The Eye (1607 Main Street)
The Eye is exactly what is says it is: a 30-foot eyeball in downtown Dallas. Created by Tony Tasset, it sits, unblinking, on a manicured lawn. The artist claims it means nothing, but try telling that to photographers Instagramming it daily. This is a great area to take a break and enjoy one of the many restaurants for a bite to eat.
From The Eye, continue west on Main, then walk north on Akard Street. At Ross Avenue, head northeast until you get to Pearl Street. Go north on it and then a right at Flora Street toward the Meyerson Symphony Center.
de Musica (2301 Flora Street)
This 73-ton steel sculpture outside the Meyerson Symphony Center is the largest work by Eduardo Chillida in the U.S. It was donated to the city by art collector Frank K. Ribelin.
From de Musica, walk south on Crockett Street and take a left at Ross Avenue.
Tatlin’s Sentinel (Ross Avenue and Leonard Street)
This yellow, eye-catching sculpture by John Henry stands more than 100-feet tall in Dallas’ arts district. It is named after Russian avant-garde artist Vladimir Tatlin. If you want to extend your day of arts, be sure to visit The Dallas Museum of Arts, the Crow Collection and the Nasher nearby.
Go northeast on Ross Avenue and take a left at Jack Evans Street back toward Flora Street, where you’ll take a right for the Pegasus sculpture.
Pegasus (Routh and Flora Streets)
The pegasus is a Dallas symbol and this steel piece by Stuart Kraft stands half in flight on the campus of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
From here, head southwest on Flora Street and then walk southeast on Pearl Street.
Cancer Survivor’s Memorial (Pearl and Bryan Streets)
Designed by Victor Salmones, this artwork shows three life-size figures emerging from several gates, symbolizing overcoming cancer. It is in the Cancer Survivor’s Plaza, which offers gardens for relaxing.
Keep heading south on Pearl Street and then walk east on Pacific Avenue (which renames to Gaston Avenue). Take a left at North Good Latimer Expressway.
Traveling Man Sculpture – Walking Tall (Corner of N. Good Latimer Expy. and Swiss Avenue)
Designed by Brad Oldham, Brandon Oldenburg, and Reel FX Creative Studios, the tall Traveling Man is located adjacent to the DART Deep Ellum Rail Station, welcoming rail visitors to the city’s famous entertainment district.
For the final stop and to begin to turn back from where we started, head south on Good Latimer, then turn west on Commerce Street.
Julius Schepps (Commerce Street and East RL Thorton)
Designed by Michael Pavlovsky in 2001, this one-and-a-half-times life-size statue of the charitable Dallas businessman from the early 20th century is located in a 1.5-acre, special use park.
Photo of Pegasus, Courtesy: Bill Dickinson, Creative Common
Featured Photo of Traveling Man, Courtesy: Brett Chisum, Creative Commons