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New Downtown Sculptures Coming 

Artists - Submit Your Sculptures NOW for 2014-2015

You've seen the intriguing sculptures all over the Town of Clayton, now our popular downtown sculpture trail is about to head into its second season! After a hugely successful first year, we're excited to put the call out for new, intriguing works of art to adorn our Town's public spaces.

Town leaders along with Clayton's Public Art Advisory Board couldn't be prouder of the seven creative and visually enhancing pieces that have graced our parks and town buildings since June 2013. From the eye of a hurricane swirling on the lawn of the Clayton Library to a spinning, sparkling geyser glistening in Horne Square, these pieces have surprised and delighted our visitors and residents alike. Our inaugural year attracted artists from all over North Carolina and they shared their artwork with the Town of Clayton for a year. Now that year is almost up!

Submit Your Art NOW - before Monday, April 7, 2014!  Click here for the official CALL TO ARTISTS There are 7 possible locations for your art including three in Horne Square on Main Street, two in Town Square, one at the Clayton Library, and one at The Clayton Center. Each sculpture is accompanied by a plaque recognizing the artist and incorporating a scannable cell phone code that allows visitors to use their mobile devices to watch a video and learn more about each piece and its artist right there as they stand in front of the sculpture! They'll be reviewed and selected by a committee of local artists, business owners, Town staff and the Public Art Advisory Board. Artists are responsible for delivering and installing the work.  

All the selected artists will receive a $1,000 honorarium for lending their sculpture to us for the coming year, from May 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015. In addition, each artist will be eligible to compete in a People's Choice vote in which the public selects the winner of an additional $1,000 award.  The artists are also featured on these attractive brochures that are distributed to businesses and organizations throughout the area.

Check out this page to see pictures and descriptions of all of our first year's pieces. Or watch this video to see the pieces and hear the artists talk about their work here in Clayton:

“I’m really proud of the work of the Public Art Advisory Board,” said Mayor Jody McLeod. “This is exactly the type of project that helps us promote our goal of securing Clayton as an art community.”