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Street Sculptures

Artesia, NM
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Artesia
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Most recent review
- Aug 22, 2014
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Midland, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The town has really done a nice job adding art works to the medians and corners. They are trying to make the main drag look better.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were just staying in Artesia for one night while traveling from the Caverns to White Sands, so I didn't expect anything special in this small oil town. But the street sculptures are wonderful! We picked up a brochure that describes a walking tour, which was helpful not only for the sculptures but also to explain the oil history. The... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The history told through the sculptures was very interesting. It was great information and the kids loved it.

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Kalispell, Montana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If this is the big attraction to this city then they are indeed a hurting city. The smell of cow poop and oil refineries is enough to make you speed as fast as you can through this town and get out.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Was amazed by these We only stayed here by accident and thought it was a great little town Sculptures were amazingly lifelike and topical for the area. Loved the Heritage Inn and the Chinese restaurant. Were on our way to Carlsbad Caverns which were also amazing

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Cooden UK
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18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We used Artesia for a base to meet up with my cousin and his wife, for 2 reasons. Firstly, to stay in a good hotel, then go south to visit Carlsbad Caverns. Secondly, to visit Artesia Library where Peter Hurd's large mural is the centre point. Featured in this mural is our distant cousin David Poindexter, and we met his... More

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Artesia, New Mexico
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Traditional western scenes of the area are beautifully depicted. Derrick Floor is an accurate look at the historical aspect of the area's involvement in energy exploration and day to day life in the oil patch. The freedom eagle is set as a tasteful centerpiece at the military memorial near city hall. Ms.Chisum and the kids captures the period of earlier... More

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Coarsegold, California, Usa
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

There are several sculptures to see and they are scattered throughout the town. The "Derrick Floor", on West Main Street is a must see. Plan to spend some time walking around it to enjoy all the details, right down to wrist watches, wallets and shoe laces on the people. It is worth your time.

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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We found the series of three sculptures, as well as the sculpture/water feature of the oil rig. We loved all of them, but the oil rig one was our favorite, and encouraged visitors to walk around it, through it, and learn about it as an interactive experience.

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Artesia, New Mexico
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114 reviews 114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The street sculptures are figures which represent the history of Artesia, from Ms Chisum who started one of the first schools, to the cowboys, rustlers and other ranchers who made the town all the way to the largest, the Derrick Floor depicting an actual oil rig drilling scene, the lifeblood of the modern community. There is also a tribute to... More

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