You Voted for Your Favorite Downtown Sculpture
And the winner is.....
Balancing Spheres by Nelson R. Smith of Rocky Mount!
You've seen the intriguing sculptures all over downtown Clayton, now we know who is the favorite! The Town's first ever Downtown Sculpture Trail was put a vote - and more than 450 of you let us know what you think in our People's Choice Award!
Clayton's Public Art Advisory Board is proud to have pulled on the talents of artists from all over North Carolina to bring seven creative and visually enhancing pieces to the Town's public buildings and parks for one year. 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.
Check out this page to see pictures and descriptions of all the pieces.
Or watch this video to see the pieces and hear the artists talk about their work here in Clayton:
Seventeen different pieces were submitted and reviewed by a committee of local artists, business owners, Town staff and the Public Art Advisory Board. The seven selected pieces have been installed and will remain on display for a year, with the intentions of putting out a call to artists for submissions next Spring.
“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.”
One of the groups who has been instrumental in that goal is Clayton Visual Arts (CVA) and on Thursday, Oct. 3 we partnered with this beloved non-profit to celebrate a night of artists. The celebration and winning sculpture announcement coincided with the monthly Clayton Visual Arts' Meet-the-Artists reception. Three different local artists are featured in the lobby of The Clayton Center for the entire month of October. They are Carolyn Howard and Amy Elizabeth Devereaux of Clayton and Medrith Nuttle of Zebulon. Howard works in mixed media, Devereaux in photography, and Nuttle in acrylics on canvas.
Head downtown and admire the pieces up close! There you can use your phone and scan each code on the sculpture plaques to watch the individual artist videos as you're standing right in front of their sculptures!
Voting ended at midnight on Oct. 2nd! Thank you to everyone who voted!