City of Raleigh Selects Artist to Create Public Art At Fire Station 12

News posted Aug. 04, 2014 - 6:00 am
Douwe Blumberg Flight 5191

The City of Raleigh’s Public Art and Design Board has approved artist Douwe Blumberg to create site-specific public art for Fire Station 12.

The Public Art and Design Board’s artist selection panel recommended Mr. Blumberg based on his experience creating site-integrated artwork and working with municipal agencies. His Fire Station 12 artwork will celebrate the 100th anniversary of fire stations in Raleigh and honor public servants who protect those who cannot protect themselves.

“We are thrilled to work with Douwe Blumberg on Fire Station 12,” said Linda Noble, a member of the Public Art and Design Board and chair of the artist selection panel. “His work is immediate and intense, and it’s perfect for this project. Douwe's personal energy and artistic vision as well as his tremendous experience will create a powerful addition to our city. We cannot wait to see the result!”

Over the past two decades, Mr. Blumberg’s Douwe Studios in De Mossville, Ky., has created more than 200 private and public commissions, earning numerous awards, residencies and shows to his credit. Among his best-known projects are “Take Flight Orlando” in Florida and the U.S. Special Operations Monument at Ground Zero in New York City.

Mr. Blumberg attended the University of Southern California’s Idyllwild School of the Arts and Music and the Art Academy of Amsterdam. His work can be seen in urban spaces, national parks and civic facilities across the country.

Fire Station 12 is a new construction project located on Poole Road and Bus Way near the City’s Transit Facility. The fire station will house a district chief and battalion chief and three to four apparatus bays. The existing facilities are aging, too small and landlocked. The new facilities will address these issues and enhance the Fire Department’s ability to meet its public safety mission.

Public art at selected City of Raleigh sites is authorized by the Half Percent for Art Ordinance adopted by the City Council in 2009. The ordinance is implemented by the City’s Public Art and Design Board and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

The Office of Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board, and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

*Image: Douwe Blumberg’s “Flight 5191 Memorial”located at the University of Kentucky Arboretum in Lexington, Ky.

For more information, contact

  • Kim Curry-Evans, Public Art Coordinator, Office of Raleigh Arts, 919-996-4688
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