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Congratulations to "Virginia Horse" and sculptor Jonathan Bowling - you took home the prestigious People's Choice title and the $1,000 prize! Click to hear Bowling talk about how he shaped this life-sized equestrian artwork! He made it all with repurposed steel - all his peices have a history and we LOVE that he's made something new!

We hate to see this horse trot away and ALL of the amazing sculptures this year. New pieces starting coming in May 10th! We love our rotating art and can't wait to see what's next!  

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. Thank you for all of the submissions for our 2019-2020 trail! 

For this current 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. Click the names of the sculptures to hear from the artists themselves as they talk about their artwork on display here in Clayton! 

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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