There is nothing like vibrant, colorful art to bring a smile to your face and show you something new. The recently unveiled sculptures in Newport Beach’s Civic Center Park are no exception. Launched on September 13, 2014, these ten modern and unusual pieces were selected by a panel of jurors for a two-year exhibition.

Enjoy a beautiful walk up the winding paths through landscape designed by renowned architect Peter Walker. The variety of California vegetation includes grasses, sage scrub and wetland plants. You can download your own tour app from Apple’s iTunes App Store and Google’s Play App Store. Just search for “MyNB” and install the free download.

The sculptures are whimsical and fun, and even if they are not to your personal taste, you can’t help but feel lighthearted when you see them.

“Cub Triptych” by Gerardo Hacer, is a beautiful origami-inspired design of green bear cubs.

“Pretty Boy” by David Buckingham is made of individually hammered, welded recycled steel that evokes images of a tiki doll.

The graceful space-age “Odyssey” by Ray Katz catches your eye from the bottom of the hill.

The Civic Center Park also includes a bridge over San Miguel Drive with a scenic “infinity” overlook and a dog park.

The Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive in Newport Beach. For more information, visit the city’s website at