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Must-see art pieces in La Quinta


La Quinta’s primary claim to fame is being one of the best golf destinations in the U.S., but did you know that it’s also a prestigious art town?

Numerous galleries and public art pieces are scattered across the city, most of which are part of La Quinta’s Art in Public Places program. The city’s rich arts scene culminates in the annual La Quinta Art Celebration, which preserves and promotes La Quinta’s arts heritage.

Interested to get to know this side of La Quinta? Start with the following recommendations.

Roadrunner by Don Kennell

Roadrunner is a massive metal sculpture that debuted during the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival. It was then purchased by the City of La Quinta and now stands proudly at the roundabout on Avenue 52 and Jefferson Street, as if managing the traffic flow in the area. 

Sun and Moonbeam by Louis De Martino

Standing tall at La Quinta Civic Center Park is the bronze beauty that is Sun and Moonbeam, a work of abstract art by Louis de Martino. Somewhat of a community effort, the sculpture features tiles that were designed by La Quinta residents— you can see these tiles along the bottom half of Sun and Moonbeam.

Sundown is the perfect time to visit this sculpture, just as it casts gigantic shadows across the park lawn.

Opal Drops by Marcus Thesing

Marcus Thesing specializes in glass art sculpture and one of his works, Opal Drops, is available for public viewing at La Quinta City Hall. It was also previously featured at the La Quinta Art Celebration.

To mimic real opals, Thesing used sandblasted solid clear glass and vaporized a selection of precious metals, which were then applied to create the iridescent effect opals are known for. Opal Drops was purchased by La Quinta back in 2020.

Arches by Aedwyn Darroll

Something for the young and the young at heart, Arches is made up of seven colorful metal arches that are adorned with sculptures of birds, and palm trees, representing the vibrant wildlife in the Coachella Valley. It was made by Aedwyn Darroll, whose work you can see in other parts of the country and the world.

Darroll donated Arches to the city of La Quinta in 2001. Originally displayed at the La Quinta Sculpture Garden, it’s now erected at Fritz Burns Park. 

La Quinta, CA real estate is art itself

Architecture is also a form of art, and touring homes for sale in La Quinta, CA, real estate will help you get your art fix. The city’s architectural landscape features Spanish Colonial residences, quintessential California Ranch homes, as well as a sprinkling of contemporary and Mid-century Modern properties. 

Investing in properties for sale in La Quinta is one way of owning art that you can also use for a long time. La Quinta Realtors can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Get in touch with me, Kathleen O’Keefe Galigher, expert La Quinta real estate agent, to get started with finding your dream home in La Quinta. Call me at 760.567.7822 or send a message here.