Art comes alive along Cape Girardeau’s 2020 outdoor sculpture exhibit

Art comes alive with new sculptures in place along Broadway in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

A total of seven pieces make up the annual outdoor sculpture exhibit that takes over downtown each spring.

Now in its seventh year, the exhibit has become a landmark in downtown.

This year's installment features artists from Cape Girardeau and as far away as Maryland.

Take a closer look:

The Steps of Machu Picchu

Location: Intersection of Pacific and Broadway streets

Artist: James K Johnson from Charleston, IL

Here Comes the Sun

Location: Intersection of Pacific and Broadway streets

Artist: Ben Pierce from Cape Girardeau, MO

Borbor 7

Location: In between Sprigg and Frederick streets

Artist: Will Vannerson from Pensacola, FL

Bliss

Location: In front of Annie Laurie’s at the intersection of Broadway and Frederick streets

Artist: Joni Herzog from Hyattsville, MD

High Steppin'

Location: Between Middle and Fountain streets

Artist: Andrew Arvanetes from Chicago, IL

Ascender, Descender, Tractioner

Location: Vasterling Suites courtyard

Artist: Matt Moyer from Columbia, MO

Decay

Location: In front of River Radio between Middle and Fountain streets

Artist: Deanna Hoffman from Cape Girardeau, MO

Sara Steffens, the director of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, said the outdoor art draws in all sorts of onlookers.

"A lot of these pieces are kind of abstract," Steffens said. "...To me, it's just kind of fun to see a group of people as I am driving by just kind of look at the piece and just be like 'hey I wonder what they are thinking.' It's a good conversation piece to me."The outdoor exhibit is a juried show featuring artists from all over.

Steffens said the goal of the show is to spruce up the downtown area while giving people another way to engage with the arts.

The sculptures are sporadically placed along both sides of Broadway from Fountain to Pacific Streets.