Municipal Art Collection
Office of Raleigh Arts
For more than three decades, the Raleigh Arts Commission has helped shape the visual kaleidoscope that comprises our colorful City of Oaks. The Municipal Art Collection holds more than 600 fine art and public art pieces by local, state and national artists. Displayed throughout Raleigh, the artworks include paintings, prints, drawings, textiles, posters and large-scale sculptures as well as artworks used for educational purposes at the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers. Our online database will expand until more than 300 objects are available for viewing. Our interactive map showcases select projects.
Arts Access audio descriptions are available for the 11 works below. Call 919-327-1532 and dial extensions 1-12. Signs will be posted at each site listing the phone number and extensions.
- Sir Walter Raleigh by Bruno Lucchesi at the Convention Center (ext. 1)
- Light Towers by Jim Gallucci at City Plaza (ext. 2)
- Horizon Line by Susan Page, Juan Logan and Peter Egan at City Plaza (ext. 3)
- Pas de Chat by Thomas Sayre in front of Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (ext. 4)
- Acorn by Dave Benson in Moore Square (ext. 5)
- Cree Shimmer Wall by Thomas Sayre at the Convention Center (ext. 7)
- Hedron by Carl Billingsley on the Raleigh Municipal Building grounds (ext. 8)
- Toy Defense by Adam Walls at Pullen Arts Center (ext. 9)
- Redbird by Harry McDaniel at Fletcher Park (ext. 10)
- Immigrant Gate II by Jim Gallucci at Millbrook Exchange Park (ext. 11)
- Wilders Grove by Matt McConnell, Lee Cherry and Marc Russo at the Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Facility (ext. 12)
Image above: Gayle Stott Lowry, Merging Past and Present, 2011
Fine Art Collection
The Fine Art collection features paintings, prints, photographs and mixed works by distinguished North Carolina artists including Nancy Baker, Jason Craighead, Marty Baird, Bob Rankin and Susan Toplikar.
Heather Gordon, Battle Hymn of the Republic, 2011
Acrylic on canvas
For this piece, Heather Gordon converted the lyrics for Battle Hymn of the Republic to binary code and plotted them in a gridded pattern with the total decimal value of the characters represented by the number 158052.
Claude Howell, Mt. Nebo A.M.E. Zion Church, Wilmington, NC, 1978
Oil on canvas
One of North Carolina's favorite artists of the 20th century, Claude Howell (1915-1997) was the first living artist featured in a retrospective at the North Carolina Museum of Art. This painting is currently on view at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
Aditya Shringarpure, Paradigms: Ten, 2011
Mixed media on panel
Aditya Shringarpure's works are inspired by her early childhood in Mumbai, where she was exposed to contemporary Western art alongside traditional Indian and other art forms.
McKenzie Smith and Marty Fielding, untitled ceramic vessel, date unknown
Wood-fired at Seagrove Pottery. Used as a teaching example for pottery classes, it is housed at Pullen Arts Center.
Jimmy Williams, Macavine Hayes, 2007
This piece is from Jimmy Williams' Music Maker series. Williams worked with the Music Maker Relief Foundation to photograph and pay tribute to Southern musicians.
Public Art Collection
In keeping with the evolution of public art as a crucial component in Raleigh's civic and cultural life, the City of Raleigh intends to integrate a wide range of art reflecting diverse artistic disciplines and points of view into locations throughout the community. Public art matters in Raleigh because it is an essential building block for the creation of engaging, imaginative spaces - spaces that enliven our architecture, foster shared community interactions, celebrate our unique stories and history, attract visitor interest, and inspire us to experience the world with new eyes and fresh perception.
For several decades, the Raleigh Arts Commission has endeavored to incorporate public art into the creative fabric of Raleigh's cultural identity. Additionally, the Raleigh City Council in 2009 officially established a percent for public art program, allocating one-half percent of capital construction projects for public art. Various projects involving local and national artists are currently underway to integrate public art into select city sites.
David Benson, The Acorn, 1992
Copper and steel
This 10-foot-tall 1250-lb. copper and steel sculpture was commissioned for the City's bicentennial in 1992. Dedicated to John Watkins, it is located in Moore Square. For First Night Raleigh, it is dropped to welcome the New Year in the style of New York's Times Square ball drop.
Carl Billingsley, Hedron, 2004
This 10.5x2.5-foot stainless steel sculpture was a part of the Downtown Raleigh Sculpture Exposition. Location: Raleigh Municipal Building
Dale Eldred, The Light + Time Tower, 1995
Steel, aluminum, glass and diffraction grating
This 40x6-foot sculpture was the inaugural public art project of the Raleigh Arts Commission. The brilliant colors are most visible on sunny mornings (driving south towards downtown) and sunny afternoons (driving north from downtown). Location: Capital Boulevard/Wade Avenue intersection
Jim Gallucci, Immigrant Gate II, 1997
In remembrance of his family coming to America as Italian immigrants in the 1930s, Jim Gallucci created this 10x12-foot steel sculpture as a symbol of arriving and being welcomed into a rich new world full of opportunity. Location: Millbrook Exchange Park
Jim Gallucci, Light Towers, 2007
Stainless steel and LED lights
These 55-foot-high towers delineate public space and serve as welcoming beacons to visitors. Location: City Plaza
Abbe Godwin, Martin Luther King Jr., 1990
The 6-foot-2-inch life-size sculpture of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was commissioned to commemorate the creation of a memorial garden heralding the achievements of local and national leaders. Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Garden
Roger Halligan, Open Circle, 1998
Pigmented concrete and steel
This 8x4-foot steel and pigmented concrete mixed media sculpture was a part of the Downtown Raleigh Sculpture Expo.
Susan Harbage Page and Juan Logan with Peter Egan, Horizon Line, 2009
Aluminum, plastic and LED lights
Horizon Line employs cutting-edge light technology to create two colorful, imaginative spaces for pedestrians entering and exiting City Plaza. Location: City Plaza
Bruno Lucchesi, Sir Walter Raleigh, 1976
This 11-foot sculpture was commissioned to celebrate the City's namesake, a 16th-century aristocrat known as a poet, writer and explorer. The sculpture is on permanent loan to Raleigh from the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. Location: Raleigh Convention Center
Matt McConnell, Weathervane, 2011
Stainless steel, powder-coated aluminum and tempered glass
The 6-foot Weathervane was commissioned by the City of Raleigh at the suggestion of People for Parks to celebrate the renovation of Pullen Park and its historic 1911 carousel. Location: Pullen Park
Harry McDaniel, RedBird, 2006
Powder-coated aluminum and steel
This 13x9-foot aluminum and steel sculpture gives the illusion of giant flowers swaying in the breeze, slowly revealing North Carolina's state bird, the cardinal. Location: Fletcher Park
William Richardson, Square Root of Two, 1992
This is a 5x7.25-foot welded steel sculpture. Location: Sertoma Arts Center
Mike Roig, Glimpses of the Promised Land, 2006
Stainless and recycled steel
Viewers seated on the bench of this sculpture can reflect on our land of promise as they gaze up into a swirling flock of steel birds, symbolizing freedom, alongside two Tuskegee airplanes. Location: Chavis Park
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Thomas Sayre, Pas de Chat, 2001
Mount Airy granite and water
25x4 feet. Location: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Thomas Sayre, Cree Shimmer Wall, 2007
Anodized aluminum and LED lights
This 9,284-square-foot work features light and dark aluminum square pixels that change shape and disappear as the squares flap in the wind. Location: Raleigh Convention Center
Studio EIS (Elliott and Ivan Schwartz), Opie and Andy, 2003
This 9x2.5-foot sculpture was commissioned by TV Land in honor of North Carolina native Andy Griffith. This sculpture is the third in a series of TV Land-commissioned landmarks. Location: Pullen Park
Vega Metals (Francis Vega and Neal Carlton), Water Droplets, 2012
Painted aluminum and fluorescent lights
Three sets of painted aluminum panels, each spanning 180 inches wide by 120 inches high, depict water droplets and the resulting concentric tidal circles, emphasized via backlighting and appearing to ripple. Location: Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center
Adam Walls, Toy Defense, 2004
Painted steel and tires
This 10-foot work was installed as a loan for Art on City Plaza in 2009 and subsequently purchased by the City of Raleigh for the Municipal Art Collection in 2011. Location: Pullen Arts Center
Q-Art Code Project
The City of Raleigh Arts Commission has partnered with the students and staff of the NC State College of Design Advanced Media Lab to create a mobile media showcase of 12 public artworks in the City's public art collection.