Art lovers have had no shortage of options for viewing some of the world’s greatest collections over the course of the COVID-19 Pandemic. With just a few mouse clicks or screen taps from the comfort of their homes, online tours have offered easy access to some of the globe’s most renowned galleries and museums.

As amazing as it is to take in the famous works housed at The Louvre, London’s National Gallery or St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, summer weather beckons. Here are some creative ways to blend an art experience with some fresh air and sunshine in Hamilton Halton Brant.

Must-See Sculptures in Burlington

Download Burlington’s Art And The City Tour Guidebook, grab an iced coffee and spend some time taking in the outdoor sculptures near downtown Burlington’s waterfront. Don’t miss these local favourites:

  • Lady of the Lake, located in Spencer Smith Park, is said to represent the mysterious female who gave King Arthur his magical sword, Excalibur. The sculpture symbolizes Burlington’s relationship with Lake Ontario. It was a gift to the city in honour of Burlington’s centennial.
  • A Space Composition Rebecca is a sizeable orange aluminum sculpture located outside the Art Gallery of Burlington. The sculpture explores the interplay between mass and void in defining space. The sculptor, Haydn Llewellyn Davies, was inspired for this piece by a trip to Stonehenge and several visits to Japan.
  • Alumina, also outside the Art Gallery of Burlington, was inspired by late eighteenth-century French Sevres vases and Renaissance Mediterranean apothecary jars.

While in Burlington, plan a visit to Royal Botanical Garden’s International Sculpture Collection, a permanent collection in Hendrie Park. The statues include works commissioned by artists from Canada, the United States, Ireland, Spain and Africa. Be sure to experience RBG’s Earth Art installations and Legacy Art pieces during your visit.

The Barn Quilts of Brant County

Barn Quilts are large pieces of wood that have been painted to look like a quilt block. Some Barn Quilts replicate famous traditional quilt patterns. Other Barn Quilts tell a story about the community, the region’s history, or the property where they hang. Brant County is home to over 30 different Barn Quilts located on private and public properties throughout the county. Exploring country roads while searching them out is a pleasant way to spend an art-filled afternoon.

Download a map of Brant County’s Barn Quilt locations.

Hamilton’s Hip Urban Street Art Scene

For art lovers looking for colourful works with a strong sense of place, Hamilton’s downtown core delivers. Plan your route by previewing photos of the 13 of the different murals here. Load the online map onto your phone, put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and spend a few hours exploring Hamilton’s creative side.


While the art featured in this article is located outside, as the COVID-19 situation continues to change, it is still is wise to take a minute or two of extra planning to ensure your outing is a success. Follow the latest travel guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with businesses and places you plan to go to ensure they are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting. Find out how you can support local businesses and taste a true close to home brew. Don’t forget to share your outdoor art pictures with us by tagging them with #stayandplayinhhb.

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