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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 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!! For this current year, the annual rotating exhibits selected by the Public Art Advisory Board range from a magical character made of all re-purposed steel and metal to the shimmering wings of bird, literally gliding in the wind in the center of one of our town squares. The sculptures are turning heads and have people talking! 



  • Jason Morris of Lillington, NC - "FLYING FISH" – This colorful fish spins in the wind and is made of all reclaimed materials 
  • Carmen Rojas Gines of Ocala, Florida, originally from Puerto Rico - "OCULI AQUA” – This gorgeous blue sculpture also rotates as the artist was inspired by the movement of water, it’s power, life source and beauty. 
  • Richard Whitehill of Earlysville, Virginia - "WINGS" – This centerpiece in Horne Square is always gliding on its wings in the wind


  • Jim Gallucci of Greensboro, NC – “DOUBLE PURPLE WHISPER BENCH" – This colorful bench isn’t just a place to sit and relax, it’s a spot to spark up a conversation through the two whispering speakers.
  • Adam Walls of Hope Mills, NC- "KEY WINDS" – This moving piece also makes music with its chimes under the shade of a giant oak in this park. 
  • Jim Collins of Signal Mountain, TN - "WALKING WATCHER"- This is part of series of human forms – in this case, the protecting watcher is carrying children – can you make them out? 
  • Jordan Parah of Greenville, NC - "PEACEFUL PASSAGE" – These shining arches welcome residents and visitors to Town Square, home to our free Town Square Concert Series and numerous community festivals! Take a picture beneath the arches! 


  • Hanna Jubran, Professor East Carolina University of Grimesland, NC - "MUSE"- We can’t thank enough the private support of the owners of Revival 1869 – they support a work of art each year at their business. This gorgeous piece since in their brick outdoor area.


  • 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! 


  • Cathy Perry of Lewisburg, KY - "SUMMERTIME BLUES" – This artist takes her love for gardening to another level by cutting, forging and welding steel to resemble the plants she loves. Check out the butterfly!
  • Jordan Parah of Greenville, NC - "LA VIE EN ROSE" – Translated from French as "Seeing Life in Pink", this sculpture attempts to capture the natural elements of wind, water and earth and how they unify to make beauty. 
  • SALUTE TO VETERANS (with special thanks to artist Clark Hipolito) – A salute to those who have served our country proudly in all the many services of the military. All gave some. Some gave all. 



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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