Each season in Petoskey Area is a season of discovery or emergence. There is no greater time than the present to view all of the outdoor art – statues, murals, and sculptures – in the Petoskey Area.

There are murals in Petoskey and sculptures dotted throughout Boyne City, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and nearby in a variety of public places. While you’re out shopping or visiting our wineries and breweries, be sure to check out these stops:


Mural of storefronts on the side of a building in a back parking lot of Downtown Petoskey, car and truck parked in front of the mural.

Credit: Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau

Flowers From Sky’s the Limit – 413 Michigan Street, Petoskey – Expansive and detailed town scene incorporating several real locations from Petoskey.

Mural depicts store three storefronts, arching red sign to 'Bayfront Park', gas light lamps, and various people walking about

Credit: Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau

Grandpa Shorter’s – 301 East Lake Street, Petoskey (at the back side off Howard Street) – Family figures from this multi-generational downtown jewel show glimpses into the history of Petoskey.

D & W Fresh Market – 1163 N Hwy 31, Petoskey (on the back of the building) – Running parallel to the nearby Little Traverse Wheelway, this mural shows the development of the beloved bike trail.

‘Bay Life’– 1038 Bay View Rd, Petoskey (on the back of the building next to Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen) This mural was dedicated to the City of Petoskey on July 26, 2016. The mural was completed by Crooked Tree Arts Center students taking a class titled ‘The Mural Project’ under the direction of teacher, Abby Kent. Designed by Abby Kent. Painted by Kaitlyn Smith, Molly Malec, and Abby Dewhirst.

Former Petoskey News Building – 319 State Street, Petoskey (across from the post office on the side of the building) – This painting commemorates one of our country’s founding fathers, statesman and inventor, Ben Franklin.

Terry L. Dickinson first painted the Sky’s the Limit mural and then went on to do the other three.


Last River Draw Sculpture – In Old City Park, 95 N East Street, Boyne City – Lifesize and so lifelike you may want to call out to the “river rat” moving logs down the Boyne River. The sculpture celebrates Boyne City’s heritage as a lumbering community. Martha Sulfridge, artist.


Young Ernest Hemingway – in Pennsylvania Park, East Lake Street, Petoskey – Dedicated on July 21 (Hemingway’s birthday) in 2017, the statue depicts young Ernie as shown in a 1920 photo. One noticeable difference between the sculpture and the photo? A book takes the place of a flask tucked in the author’s pocket. Andy Sackrider, artist.

“The Old Man and the Cat” (Ernest Hemingway)– In Village Green Park, Walloon Lake– An older Ernest Hemingway is shown here sitting down with his fishing pole. Probably thinking about the next big catch. George Lundeen, artist.

Chief Petosega – Lewis Street behind Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey – Erected in 2005, this lifesize sculpture honors Chief Ignatius Petosegay (Petoskey), a local businessman and chief of the local Odawa Native American tribe for whom Petoskey is named. Pietro Vinotti, artist.

“Ring of Bright Water II” – Oden State Fish Hatchery, 3377 U.S. 31, Oden – A playful sculpture of otters just having a good time. Kent Ullberg, artist.

Harris Gardens – North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey – The area’s largest collection of outdoor art came to fruition through the generosity of retired businessman, Jack Harris. 26 unique sculptures offer you the chance to wander in the college courtyard and use your cell phone to find out more about each piece.

There is more to be found in the Petoskey Area in terms of outdoor art. Don’t forget to check out the area’s share of indoor art galleries, collections, shops, and jewelry too to get a glimpse at the entirety of it all.

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