Public art is an important asset to every community in Saint Paul and provides many benefits that help the City beautify its streets, parkways, and parks. Public art in the city can take the form of world-famous attractions—the statues of Charles Schulz's Peanuts characters attract thousands of visitors to Saint Paul each year. Public art can honor a culture or a group of people—the Czech Immigrant Memorial Gate at North High Bridge Park honors the Czech and Slavonic immigrants who lived and worked on Saint Paul’s West End.
Public art also enhances public gardens and creates focal points in landscaping projects. Many public art pieces in Saint Paul feature beautiful landscaping of woody and herbaceous plants. The Henrik Ibsen statue in Como Park features landscaping of daylilies and other plant materials. Often, artists incorporate this natural material as part of their sculpture media, as did Craig David, the artist for the Queen of the Wandering Races found in Parque Castillo.
The 39 pieces of public art featured in this section document the stories and histories of the people and places of Saint Paul and assist with Blooming Saint Paul, an initiative to beautify the city.