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It's time to vote for the 2019-20 Clayton Sculpture Trail...PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD!! The current sculptures are about to rotate out so now we need your help to decide who will take home the prestigious title and the $1,000 prize? The choice is YOURS and the time is NOW!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SCULPTURE NOW! 

The volunteers of the Town of Clayton Public Art Advisory Board help bring new, unique sculptures created by artists from across the state and beyond right to you in Clayton. It's like a free, outdoor art gallery! We love interweaving art into our urban fabric. Our town leaders believe public art helps create a strong sense of place, improving the quality of streetscapes and public squares.  

Pick your favorite and be SURE to let us know WHY you think it deserves to win!! 

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 in its 7th year. Artists from as far a Florida and Indiana have submitted works to be displayed throughout Downtown Clayton. Thank you for all of the submissions for our 2019-2020 trail! 

This is the first year our trail features multiple kinetic sculptures! That's right....they move!! This iteration our rotating exhibits, which are selected by the volunteers of our Public Art Advisory Board, range from a magical character made of all re-purposed steel and metal...to the shimmering wings of a bird literally gliding in the wind in the center of one of our town squares. The sculptures are turning heads and have people talking! 

CLICK THE PHOTO OR HERE FOR FULL SCULPTURE BROCHURE,
THEN TAKE A WALK TO SEE THEM ALL FOR YOURSELF!

HORNE SQUARE – MAIN STREET  

TOWN SQUARE

REVIVAL 1869

CLAYTON LIBRARY

  • Charles Pilkey of Mint Hill, NC - "HIGH RISE" – The sculpture symbolizes the modern city as a place of constant motion, activity, energy and movement… a place where humans continually interact with each other but almost never with nature.
  • Jason Morris of Lillington, NC - "MAGIC MAN" – His hat is satellite dish, his face a shovel – what else can you see makes up the Magic Man?  Made of all recycled parts, he’s becoming a trail favorite! 

TOWN HALL/THE CLAYTON CENTER

CLAYTON COMMUNITY CENTER

FRONT STREET ROUNDABOUT

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. Beginning in 2020, artwork will be switched out every two years in the June time frame. We just realized that one year wasn't long enough for us to enjoy the artwork! 

Want to have a say about public art in Clayton? Call the Town Clerk or click here to see if there is an opening applications 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 you can click here for the our 5th, and here for our 6th annual sculpture trail exhibit

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