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Clayton’s reputation as an arts community is growing. A record-setting number of sculptures are being submitted for our annual rotating outdoor exhibit now about to head into its 7th year. Artists from as far a Florida and Indiana have submitted works to be displayed throughout Downtown Clayton. We're now taking submissions for new sculptures to be installed around June. SUBMIT YOUR SCULPTURE BY MARCH 18, 2019! 

This year, the annual rotating exhibits, selected by the Public Art Advisory Board, range from a 7-foot-tall horse sculptured from repurposed steel (Virginia Horse by Jonathan Bowling), a 12-foot tall oak leaf archway, to a piece entitled “Brave New World” that examines the transforming of our world by genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and fast-developing technologies whose practical and ethical implications are not yet fully understood. The sculptures are turning heads and have people talking! 


Here's the list of the sculptures featured in this year's trail and their locations. 

  • Oak Leaf Arch II by Jim Gallucci at Town Square (West)
  • Core Revisited by Adam Walls at Town Square (West) 
  • Virginia Horse by Jonathan Bowling at Town Square (Center)
  • Warrior Mask by Valerie Jean Schafer at Town Square (East)
  • Three Muses by Valerie Jean Schafer at Town Hall/The Clayton Center (Horne Street)
  • Ark by Charles Pilkey at Town Hall./The Clayton Center (Second Street)
  • Tribute to Veterans with special thanks to Clark Hipolito (permanent sculpture at steps of The Clayton Center auditorium)
  • Brave New World by Charles Pilkey at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library
  • Icarus Stele by Paris Alexander at Revival 1869 - A Drinkery on Main Street
  • Gypsy Passion by Hanna Jubran at Horne Square (West)
  • The Dancer by Stephen Zawiskowski​​​​​​​ at Horne Square (Center)
  • Sea Glade II by Cathy Perry at Horne Square (East) 
  • Earth, Water, Fire, Wind by Hanna Jubran at Roundabout Bent Tree Loop Road
  • Wave Beyond Convergence by Chris Morgan at Clayton Community Center

The Public Art Advisory Board's selection committee for this year's trail comprised local artists, residents, business owners, elected officials, civic leaders and Town staff. 

For lending us their work, the artists receive a $1,000 honorarium for each sculpture on display for the coming year. 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. We also proudly feature the artists' work on brochures that are distributed to businesses and organizations throughout the area. The artwork is switch out every year around June.

Want to have a say about public art in Clayton? Click here for an application to join the Public Art Advisory Board, a dedicated volunteers responsible for the Clayton Sculpture Trail, the colored fish that adorn Sam's Branch Greenway.

For more info about arts and events in Downtown Clayton, please click here.

Want to look back on your favorite sculptures from years past? Click here to check out our first year's pieces, or click here to review everything from Year Two. Photos and videos from our third sculpture trail, which included the ultra-popular Fiddle Frog, can be found here. Everything from the 4th Annual Clayton Sculpture Trail can be found here. And last year's sculpture trail sculptures can be enjoyed here

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