By Terri Weeks
Posted On: Jul 12, 2022
When my friend invited me to join her on a trip to Canton last spring, I jumped at the opportunity because I had never visited before. I knew that it was the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but I wasn't sure what else I'd find. As it turns out, it was the art that impressed me the most!
The first activity on our itinerary was a walking tour with Canton Food Tours. Owner (and our tour guide for the day) Barbara Abbott gave us a fascinating tour that included tasty food from Canton's eateries, accompanied by interesting tales of the city's history - with lots of fun public art along the way.
Photo credit: Arts in Stark, Facebook (reshare from Alexander Prince Restaurant)
I fell in love with the fun animal sculpture of a giraffe that looked like it was made from giant washers. And the creative rhinoceros made from recycled tires also caught my eye. Like many other cities, Canton has painted murals on the sides of buildings. But how many cities have murals that pop out of the buildings? I just love the way the octopus tentacles come out of the building on the "Polypus" mural local artist Tommy Morgan.
Because Canton is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it wasn't surprising to find some football-themed art. Like the "The Draft" sculpture by artist Gail Folwell that celebrates NFL Commissioner Bert Bell's idea in 1936 of how to select players. The sculpture is part of "The Eleven" - a series of public art pieces in Canton that celebrate notable moments in professional football.
With so many public art installations, you can spend hours wandering around discovering them. I was left wanting more when it was time to move on to our next stop. Cantonology is a small art studio where you can create your own art in one of their workshops or purchase some of their ready-made pieces.
Photo courtesy of @lakesandlattes
Interestingly enough, one of the places that we didn't have time to visit was the Canton Art Museum. I'll definitely plan to visit on my next trip, because with all the amazing art I saw elsewhere in the city, I know the art museum won't disappoint!
Another stop will be Umbrella Alley in Louisville. Just a 15 minute, this public art installation features around 200 umbrellas strung up over an alleyway. It's a great photo op and a one-of-kind sight!
*Blog originally published March 2018, updated for July 2022.