July Dayton Dozen :: Mural & Sculpture Scavenger Hunt


Due to COVID-19, many events that typically take place in July are canceled or postponed. This year, we thought it would be fun to put together a scavenger hunt around the city and get you and the kids outside this month.

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Want a way to experience the fun sights of our city? Explore downtown with this list of murals and sculptures. This is not an exhaustive list but a start to discovering the vibrancy of the great outdoor installations Dayton has to offer.

While you’re out, post a picture and include the tag, #DMCSummer20 as part of the DMC Summer Bucket List Challenge.

1. #DaytonInspires :: Oregon District

Mural at the corner of E Fifth St and Jackson St in the Oregon District, painted by Dayton artist, Atalie Gagnet as a public works project in partnership with UpDayton. Other Dayton Inspires murals are located at Cannery Loft Apartments, Courthouse Square, and Fifth Street Brewpub.
Dayton Inspires black lettering wall mural on a gray brick background

2. #DaytonInspires :: Cannery Loft Apartments

Dayton Inspires mural at Cannery Loft Apartments.

3. #DaytonInspires :: Courthouse Square

Dayton Inspires mural at Courthouse Square

4. #DaytonInspires :: Fifth Street Prewpub

Dayton Inspires mural at Firth Street Brewpub

5. #DaytonStrong Heart

Outside Ned Peppers Bar, the scene of the 2019 Dayton shooting, killing nine people in 32 seconds.
Dayton Strong graffiti lettering inside a metal heart near a store front

6. #KeepDaytonFunky

21-panel mural beginning at the corner of S Patterson and Stone Street, stretching to S Jefferson. Lead artist, Morris Howard, features Dayton Funk bands and a reminder of Dayton’s musical legacy.
Panels of 21 murals with the first reading, Keep Dayton Funky in yellow letters on purple backdrop

7. #GlobalAngelWingsProject

Stained glass wing sculpture outside k12 Gallery and TEJAS on S Jefferson Street. Designed by Matt Warvel and inspired by Colette Miller’s Global Angel Wings Project. Reminds us we are the angels of the world, and art needs us to be completed.
Close-up of stained glass angel wings in jewel tones

8. Greetings From Dayton

Vintage postcard mural on Stratacache (Kettering) Tower, west of the main entrance by Erica Arndts. Depicted are the skyline, Wright Brothers, baseball stadium, Carillon Bell Tower, and Sunwatch Indian Village. East of the main entrance is another Erica Arndts mural of Sir Winston Churchill.

Mural of block letters spelling the city of Dayton.

9. This is the DAY TO Never Give Up

Mural at 444 E 2nd Street, Wright Brothers Institute. With several positive phrases and mono-chromatic depictions, this artwork portrays the spirit of movement and propulsion.

This is the day to never give up mural on dark gray wall. Several images of flight and propulsion

10. Flyover

Sculpture in the median of Main Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets, by David Evans. A representation of the Wright Brothers’ 120’ first flight.

Panoramic view of sculpture of metal cross bars on a path

11. The Incorruptible Cashier

Sculpture in front of Day Air Ballpark as part of the Dayton Inventors River Walk with Five Rivers Metro Park. An interpretation of the first cash register invented by James Ritty who sold the patent to NCR.
Metal sculpture of a cash register keys and outline in a city scape

12. Common Good

Sculpture in Cooper Park outside Dayton Metro Library Main branch. Created by Jon Barlow Hudson, invoking the spirit of public service with quotes surrounding the slab and seats carved into each side.
Sculpture of an obelisk with inscriptions and a carved seat on each side. Located in a city park outside a library

Comment below to share where you went or any extra places you explored. Tell us how you experience Dayton outdoors!