Public Art Special Projects
Office of Raleigh Arts
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
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
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)
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.
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... 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. VideoLearn more about Before I Die...
Block2 Video Screen - Sway
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.
Love Across the USA, North Carolina
More than 140 volunteers attended a series of workshops with Olek, a New York-based artist known internationally for her large-scale crochet artworks. Participants worked with the artist to learn the techniques needed to create the artwork locally. More than 100 participants each completed a two-feet by two-feet crocheted section of the mural. Olek returned in October to stitch the individual pieces into a cohesive whole.
This project is made possible by the Office of Raleigh Arts and the Raleigh Convention Center. Partners for this public art project include Optic Artworks and Emily Alexander, Red Heart Yarn, Artspace, VAE Raleigh, CAM Raleigh, Anchorlight, Rebus Works, McConnell Studios, Top Greene Community Center, Chavis Community Center, Black Girl in the Arts, Raleigh Murals Project, Habitat for Humanity, American Underground, Gridworks, HQ Raleigh, The Carrack, Deco, Arts Now NC, Black on Black, The Forge Initiative, Red Hat, and Lump.
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
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.