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Jordan Parah's "Fly Me To The Moon" wins People's Choice for 2016-17 Clayton Sculpture Trail


The people have spoken!

Following a seven week March Madness-style tournament, you chose Jordan Parah's abstract work "Fly Me To The Moon" – located outside Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library – as the People's Choice winner for the 2016-17 Clayton Sculpture Trail.

Clayton has featured four of Parah's sculptures since the trail started in 2013, and the Greenville-based artist said she was honored to take home the People's Choice Award.

"You all do such a great job with this show, and I love the diverse sculpture selection," Parah said about the Clayton Sculpture Trail. "It means a lot to have support of the arts from the Town of Clayton, especially through these public art exhibitions."

Mayor Jody McLeod announced Parah as the winner – and handed over the $1,000 prize – at Clayton Visual Art's monthly Meet the Artist reception at The Clayton Center.

Modeled after March Madness, this year's voting took place over seven weeks with 11 sculptures competing head-to-head in a bracketed, single-elimination tournament.

Here are some of the things voters had to say about "Fly Me To The Moon:"

  • Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars. Love this inspirational, beautiful, uplifting sculpture!
  • "Fly Me to the Moon" conveys a sense of a powerful intention reaching the moon, with a fluidity of motion. The spirals are horizontally grounded before ascending vertically into space. Depending on which angle the sculpture is viewed from, the spiral and circular interactions reveal different perspectives. The moon is anchored by the timelessness of space, traversed by the journey of mortals
  • I love the monochromatic theme and the movement of the piece.
  • It is very contemporary, yet abstract. It illustrates a sense of direction, yet it leaves much to the imagination. It is much very detailed, and it involves a lot of work. I like the shape, i.e. circles, and coil leading up to the moon.
  • I like the swirls… it appears well-executed.
  • "Fly Me To The Moon" is a wide open thought and it means many different things to many different people!!!

We couldn't agree more! Way to go, Jordan Parah!

Altogether, voters cast 670 votes on Facebook, 371 on SurveyMonkey and filled out 273 paper ballots at The Clayton Center, the Clayton Community Center and Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library.

Each year, the Town of Clayton Public Art Advisory Board helps bring to our Town new, unique sculptures created by artists from across the state and beyond. You'll find them all over Downtown Clayton, at the Clayton Community Center – and, new this year, at Spring Branch Medical Park on N.C. 42.

Look for next year's sculptures to start popping up around Town later this spring!

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