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When the artist Carol Bove was a girl, growing up in Berkeley, Calif., she once helped a friend of her father’s build a fish-shaped junk sculpture on the mud flats of nearby Emeryville, in a kind of guerrilla art park that free-spirited sculptors kept alive and weird...

“Stalking Cheetah” by Wendy Klemperer When people think of public art in small towns, they may conjure up images of statuesque bronzes to martyred saints such as the beautiful 1896 bronze of Saint Winifred by George E, Bissel, looking at the moment rather lonely (if not...