Public Art Special Projects

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Dec. 11, 2017 - 11:26 am
Art-On-The-Move bus art by Chrissie Van Hoever

Over the years, the Raleigh Arts Commission has initiated important public art installations and events including the Street Painting Festival (now managed by Visual Art Exchange), the Spring Arts Festival (now managed by Artsplosure) and the creation of Artspace, anchoring the growth and revitalization of Raleigh's downtown. Dynamic special projects such as Art on City Plaza, ART-ON-THE-MOVE, the Before I Die... wall and the Q-Art Code Project contribute to a landscape that is visually creative, distinctive and memorable.

Image above: ART-ON-THE-MOVE bus art by Chrissie Van Hoever

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Art Along Blount Street

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The Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with the Raleigh Historic Development Commission, Duke Energy and Downtown Raleigh Alliance, developed the Art Along Blount Street public art project in celebration of the cultural history of the East Raleigh-South Park National Historic District. Ten artists created banners suspended on utility poles along Blount Street from Cabarrus Street to Shaw University, on view June–December 2015. The artists are Brandon Cordrey, Dare Coulter, Aaron Cracium, Debbie Crawford, Linda Dallas, Patrick FitzGerald, Rachel Herrick, Joyce Watkins King, Cindy Morefield and Robert Quinn.

Learn more about Art Along Blount Street

Art on City Plaza

Patrick McDonald, Diamonds are Forever (detail)

City Plaza features permanent public art including Jim Gallucci's 55-foot Light Towers and Horizon Line by Juan Logan, Susan Harbage Page and Peter Egan. The Office of Raleigh Arts, Artspace and Visual Art Exchange select three centerpiece sculptures every two years. Currently on view: Sculptures by Patrick McDonald. Image: Patrick McDonald, Diamonds are Forever (detail)


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The Office of Raleigh Arts partners with GoRaleigh every other year to feature local artwork on GoRaleigh buses. In 2017 we celebrate ten years of public art partnership! This year's art buses will debut May 2017, with exciting programming that celebrates #arteverywhere.

Learn more about the AOTM Artists and their designs. (5.1 MB)


Banjostand public art

Artist Bland Hoke's site-specific temporary public art is a popular addition to the annual IBMA World of Bluegrass event in downtown Raleigh, enhancing Bruno Lucchesi's iconic Sir Walter Raleigh sculpture with a bandstand created from hundreds of cast-off banjo parts. Public art support provided by Deering Banjos.

Before I Die...

Before I Die...

Before I Die... invites passersby to share their hopes and dreams in a public space. In 2011, artist Candy Chang turned the side of an abandoned New Orleans house into a giant chalkboard stenciled with, "Before I die I want to ______." The Office of Raleigh Arts debuted its Before I Die... wall at SPARKcon in 2012 and continues to bring it to events such as Artsplosure. Video

Learn more about Before I Die...

Block2 Video Screen - Sway

Market Plaza Screen Sculpture - 'Sway' - ©2016 Matt McConnell video

Raleigh public artist Matt McConnell created a sculptural video screen for Raleigh Arts' Block2 Video Series. Titled "Sway," the painted aluminum screen, measuring over 27 feet wide and 12 feet tall, was commissioned as a part of a vision to redevelop and activate an originally under-utilized space at Market Plaza on Fayetteville Street. Cary-based audio-video engineering/design firm AVCON, Inc. provided the expertise and equipment for projecting large-scale imagery.

The City of Raleigh partnered with First Citizens Bank, an ardent arts supporter whose collaboration for this endeavor extends to use of their bank wall and programmatic input.

View the Market Plaza Screen Sculpture - 'Sway' - ©2016 Matt McConnell video

Love Across the USA, North Carolina

The Office of Raleigh Arts is excited to host New York-based artist Olek as she begins the North Carolina leg of her 50-state public art project, Love Across the USA. Olek, who is widely known for “yarn-bombing” sites, will work with participants to create a portrait of an important North Carolina woman. The completed work will be approximately 40’ wide and over 20’ high, and will debut on the eastern facade of the Raleigh Convention Center in October 2017.

This August Olek will lead a series of workshops to create the artwork here in North Carolina. These workshops will teach participants the crochet technique necessary to help create Raleigh’s tribute to a strong woman’s voice. After the workshops, participants will be in charge of completing one square, a 2ft x 2ft piece of the overall artwork, which will then be sewn together to create the final mural.

Workshop Dates:

Friday, August 25th, 6 - 9pm @ Artspace (201 E. Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601)

Saturday, August 26th, 11 - 2pm @ Chavis Community Center / Top Greene ( location to be decided)

Saturday, August 26th, 5 - 8pm @ Chavis Community Center / VAE (location to be decided)

Workshop Registration & Questions:

Please register online:

You may also contact Kelly McChesney at or 919-757-9533 with questions.

Full Love Across the USA flyer available for download here.

Moore Square Construction Fence

Propsed Moore Square Construction Fence

Raleigh artists Brian Gonzales, Cayce Lee, Shannon Newby, and artist team Peregrine Projects have been selected to create public art that will adorn the construction fence surrounding Moore Square's long-anticipated renovation through the City's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources department. Scheduled to begin Spring 2017, the artwork will be up for the duration of the construction. Project partners include Artspace, Flight, Marbles Kids Museum and the Raleigh Urban Design Center. (Image of proposal by Shannon Newby.)

Q-Art Code Project

QArt Code

This interactive smartphone experience provides information and artist interviews via QR codes at the sites of select sculptures in the Municipal Art Collection. The Office of Raleigh Arts partnered with NC State University's Advanced Media Technology Lab on this project to raise public awareness of the impact of public art and its cultural and economic contributions to Raleigh.

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