Public art began in the ancient days when the populace would be rewarded with something beautiful to look at in their center. There are findings of cave art from long ago and sculptures found on the bottom of seas.
Modern buildings are works of art in themselves but there are still more items too view besides the architecture. Court Houses are the most decorated buildings of any time period, from Roman times to Modern.
There are public art walks around Sacramento, don't miss the outside of the Federal Court House on I street. This is just across the street from the Amtrak station.
Please be careful to not step on the small occupants of the courtyard. They are sculptures of peanut shaped characters who are reminding Californians of their own heritage.
There is the stage coach driving through the main walkway, and various others types of characters, right down to the modern photo taking ants in front of not the Grand Canyon but the name of the building.
These characters are fun to look at, and walk around or even have your own picture taken with them as they interact with the populace. Inside this building there is also a section of historical exhibit pieces just past the metal check in and a tribute to fallen ones.
Make sure to check out some of the other public buildings around the central area. Most of the sculptures from the Victorian era have been taken down due to the problem with earthquakes, but many modern pieces have replaced them.
Unfornately, the water sculptures or fountains have been shut down because of the current drought, the reason the old K street ones were removed.
Ornate doors or fronts of the buildings are worth the look as are a pair of kitties just around the corner from the Sacramento Library watching over Ceasar Chavez park, so get out exploring and stop for an expresso at one of the many coffee shops downtown while construction begins on the K street section which has grown into disrepair.