Unexpected, eclectic, aesthetically pleasing and typically larger-than-life, public art sculptures, murals and fountains give kids of all ages the chance to admire, climb (where permitted), and photograph outdoor art that is built to stand the test of time. Read on to discover six cool pieces are perfect for a downtown family scavenger hunt or for discovering and enjoying one at a time.

Keller Auditorium Mural

Location: SW 2nd St. between SW Clay and SW Columbia

Designed by Una Kim and painted by Portland State University art students in 2012, the Keller Auditorium mural represents the wide variety of performances that take place in this grand theater. Take your budding artists there and ask them to point out each performing art that appears in the mural.

photo: Regional Arts & Culture Council © Una Kim

  • Photo courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Michael Stutz
  • photo: Regional Arts & Culture Council
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Pete Beeman
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Una Kim
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Good to know: To find more public art, use the search tool provided by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). You can also check out TriMet’s Green Line Public Art Tour for a fun trip on the MAX that will expose your cultured kiddies to more than 50 sculptures.

What is your family’s favorite sculpture in town? Let us know in the comments below!

—Marianne Walters