We invite you, the citizens of Cary and Visitors, to explore the public artworks that bring a unique vitality to our town.
is based not on artists’ allegiances to their own visions, but on an integration of their ideas with those of the
community.” - Suzanne Lacy
VISION Cary seeks to promote public art through site-specific and community-specific artworks that enhance the public realm, deepen a sense of place and civic identity, stimulate community dialogue and transform Cary’s public spaces into vibrant and meaningful places. Program Objectives • Enhance the quality of life for every citizen of Cary by incorporating public art in public
spaces, including streetscapes, infrastructure, public facilities, parks, and greenways
• Enrich the identity of Cary through public art that communicates the Town’s unique
culture, landscape, and heritage
• Support economic development goals through the thoughtful inclusion of public art
throughout the Town of Cary, thus promoting tourism and expanding business opportunities
• Engage all citizens of Cary in building community identity by encouraging civic spirit,
local pride, and increased citizen involvement in community life
Public Art Master Plan, Approved by Town of Cary Town Council, 2012
The Railroad Man Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Carl Regutti Bronze 1997 Train Depot | Faces 211 N. Academy St. | Downtown Cary Private Donation
Walter Hines Page BUST Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Carl Regutti Bronze 1997 Town Hall Campus | 316 N. Academy St. | Downtown Cary Private Donation
Fred Bond Busts Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Carl Regutti Bronze 1998 Bond Park Boat House; Town Hall Campus | 316 N. Academy St. | Downtown Cary Town of Cary
Join the Parade Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Jane A. Rankin Bronze 1998-99 Town Hall Campus | 316 N. Academy St. | Downtown Cary CVA
Gateway to Excellence Artist Material Date Location Donated by
James T. Russell Stainless Steel 1999 N. Harrison Ave at I-40 | East side of N. Harrison Ave. CVA
Dancing Beams Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Brian Monaghan Painted Steel 1999 Regency Parkway & Tryon Rd. | In front of 2000 Regency Parkway CVA 1999 Special Olympics dedication.
Interim VIII Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Bruce Niemi Stainless Steel 1999 Intersection of Tryon Road & Kildaire Farm Road CVA
KATAL Dragon (Kids Are Together At Last) Artist Material Date Location Donated by
William Moore Painted Cement 2000 Marla Dorrel Park, Kids Together Playground | 111Thurston Dr. CVA The principles of Universal Design played a key part in the design of this earth and cement dragon which makes it accessible for all children to play. KATAL and 8 benches are all located in Marla Dorrel Park.
Oracle Benches Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Jim Gallucci Painted Steel 2000 Marla Dorrel Park, Kids Together Playground | 111Thurston Dr. CVA
Dinosaur Bench Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Jim Gallucci Painted Steel 2000 Marla Dorrel Park, Kids Together Playground | 111Thurston Dr. CVA
DogwooD,Tulip PoplaR,Redbud,Ginkgo,Sassafras Benches Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Rodney Carroll Aluminum 2000 Marla Dorrel Park, Kids Together Playground | 111Thurston Dr. CVA
Messenger Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Gary Price Bronze 2001 Cary Library | 310 S. Academy St. | Downtown Cary CVA
OVERTURE Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Jim Gallucci Bronze & Stainless Steel 2002 Main Gate at Koka Booth Amphitheatre | 8003 Regency Parkway CVA
Balancing Act II Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Holly Jones and Chad Bush Painted Steel 2004 WakeMed Soccer Park | 201 Soccer Park Dr. CVA The nearly 26-foot tall sculpture was the creation of local artists Holly Jones and Chad Bush, Balancing Act II is more than just a big work of art; it’s a statement that references the courage and vitality of professional female athletes who balance busy lives amongst career, family, and community service.
Curvaceous Kiss Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Russ RuBert Stainless Steel 2005 Sears Farm Road Park | 5077 Sears Farm Rd. CVA
Ecclesiastes (War Wagon) Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Phil Alan Simpson Raw welded Steel, Painted Steel and Cast Iron 2005 Page-Walker Arts & History Center front garden | Downtown Cary CVA & Friends of Page-Walker Artist Phil Simpson states “…. this piece is a celebration of life and being on earth. It incorporates the flags and sun. It recalls the times of the Romans reminiscent of a chariot with banners. The artwork beckons to be in a parade. The work was based on the idea that Ecclesiastes is supposed to be the only chapter in the Bible that is based on reason instead of faith. Thinking about war changes things.”
Mayor Koka Booth Bust â€œThe Visionaryâ€? Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Carl Regutti Bronze 2006 Koka Booth Amphitheatre | 8003 Regency Parkway Friends of Koka Booth
Fire Hydrants Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Rachel Herrick 16 recycled hydrants painted cast iron 2006 Cary Dog Park at Godbold Park | 2050 NW Maynard Rd. Town of Cary Artist Rachel Herrick conducted an artist residency working with Cary citizens to develop caricatures of local pooches which served as artwork models for each uniquely painted hydrant.
Seagull Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Matt McConnell Stainless Steel & Fiberglass, Light Element 2006 Town Hall Campus (currently not on view) | 316 N. Academy St. | Downtown Cary Ron Lodholz
Hot Rolled Equus Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Michael Stutz Steel 2007 Corner of High House Rd. & Davis Dr. | Searstone Retail Atlantic Avenue CNC, LLC Hot Rolled Equus represents the history of a family farm and its beloved horse who once grazed in the adjacent pasture.
Windplow Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Beverly Stucker Precious Stainless Steel Tubes, Cast/Fused Dichroic Glass Panels 2007 Stone Creek Village roundabout | High House Rd. and Cornerstone Dr. CVA & Stone Creek Village, LLC Cary Visual Art partnered with McGinnis Development Group to commission the site-specific sculpture. Arcs of stainless steel tubes hold cast/fused dichroic glass panels reaching a height of approximately 13.5 feet. Abstractly designed to evoke the image of glass plows cutting though the wind, the freeform elements flow upwards to a large stainless steel plate. This ties the sculpture to the site’s previous agricultural use while letting the winds of time plow forward into change.
Whirligigs Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Vollis Simpson Metals, Bearings, Paint, Reflectors 2007-2011 Temporarily at corner of Chapel Hill Rd. & N. Academy St. Town of Cary After a lifetime repairing machinery and moving houses, Simpson found himself at age 65 with spare time and many, many spare parts. Rather than “sit around and watch TV,” Simpson eyed his collection, remembered a windmill he constructed during World War II, and began to build. Using some of the same rigs he’d developed for moving houses, Simpson began constructing enormous windmills in his yard. They did not resemble the working windmills of grinding or irrigation use, but referenced the concepts of weather vanes and handcrafted whirligigs that are still seen locally on houses, fence posts and barns.
Bowstring Vines Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Michael Stutz Stainless Steel 2008 Pedestrian Bridge Hinshaw Greenway over US 1/US 64 Town of Cary Bowstring Vines greet pedestrians crossing the bridge and provides an enjoyable shadow play created from the leaves on the walkway deck. The vehicular viewer gets a glimpse of vines encasing the bridge at the above embankment sides and at the center. Frequent commuters get to experience the changing effects of light upon the stainless steel leaves during sunrise and sunset. Stutz describes the project “The Bowstring Vines bring a flowing movement and presence to the Pedestrian Bridge and Greenway. They mark the Cary Community as a place where people and nature come together to flourish and grow.”
N-S Urban Footprint Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Eric Beerbower 10’-Wide Concrete Sidewalk with Color and Inset Bronze Plaques 2008 McCrimmon Parkway & Highcroft Drive at Panther Creek Apartments CVA in collaboration with developer Alexan Panter Creek Apartments, LLC The artist chose the theme “Nature meets Urbanism” and developed the concept based on satellite maps to generate an organic pattern that is derived by Alexan Panther Creek Apartments location to its north & south axis. The pattern is a reflection of the urban development, and is a time capsule of current development as of 2007.
Imaginary Garden Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Barbara Grygutis Native North Carolina Brick Pavers 2009 Walnut Street Park | 1420 Walnut St. Town of Cary In collaboration with OBS Landscape Architects, the artwork titled Imaginary Garden is a complex woven design in native brick (15 feet wide brick promenade approximately 800 feet long) which starts at the parking lot where the promenade meets the parking pavement and follows the subtle curve of the promenade where it bursts into a blossom to create a plaza at the intersection of Lawrence Road and Walnut Street. The decision to use brick as the “art” material was an obvious natural, since it is a material made from the local earth. Brick has a rich history in the Triangle/Cary area. The artwork creates a place of tranquility and unity with nature punctuated by elements of surprise and interest where you sit and watch people, meet a friend, read a book. National Award Winner 2010 Brick Industry Association.
Shared Histories Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Susan Harbage Page Etched Glass, Painted Bench 2010 6 unique designs for C-Tran routes, multiple locations Town of Cary Artist has created a series of 6 designs for each of C-Tran’s 6 routes. Each design references a historical architectural detail from one of Cary’s old buildings.
Dapple I Artist Material Date Location Purchased
Victoria Reed Aluminum 2010 Page-Walker gardens | Downtown Cary Town of Cary
Arts Alfresco Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Brad Spencer Clay Brick Benches 2010, Bridge 2011, Wingwalls 2013, Entry Columns Spring 2014 Black Creek Greenway, Corner of Chapel Hill & Maynard Roads CVA & partnership with Town of Cary Artist Brad Spencer has created a series of brick columns, benches, and underpass wing-walls that celebrate different art forms (i.e. literary, music, visual, etc.).
Cary Arts Center Artist Date Location Commissioned
Norie Sato, Jim Hirschfield & Sonya Ishii 2010-2011 Cary Arts Center | 101 Dry Ave. | Downtown Cary Town of Cary • Exterior Flytower artwork: “Harlequin Curtain” | Glass, steel • Interior Glass: “School Spirits” | Glass, LED light, aluminum, stainless • Theater Curtain: “Harlequin Curtain | Printed Velour • Plaza paving design and LED lights | Brick and Solar powered LED pavers • Art Benches: “Drawing Class” | Stainless steel, ipe (wood) Ghosts of students past, an entry experience that links past and present, other elements celebrate creativity and links between the visual and performing arts to enliven this Art Center renovated from an old elementary school building. Collaboratively conceived and produced by three artists, Jim Hirschfield, Sonya Ishii and Norie Sato, the artwork creates an unique counterpoint to the historic building renovation. Several elements comprise the total artwork: an exterior sculpture for two sides of a new theater fly tower; artwork for the lobby including a backlit glass wall which extends through the three stories of the lobby. Other lobby artwork includes glass doors to a classroom; glass cladding for the concessions area. The artists produced the theater’s curtain which continues the harlequin pattern found on the exterior; projected patterns in the theater’s vomitoria for a theater entry/exit experience for patrons. A front plaza paving pattern incorporating solar powered lights create a magical environment for patrons; and benches for an outdoor classroom are based on traditional drawing horses used in art schools. The artwork illuminates the change of this facility from school to art center and evokes images from the past history of this building location as a focal point for the community.
Gates for Hemlock Bluffs Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Lucas House, Iron House Forge Stainless Steel, Steel 2011 Entrance Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve | 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd. Town of Cary & Friends of Hemlock Bluffs
Helix for Cary Train Depot Artist Material Date Location Donated by
Matt McConnell Acoustical Material, Steel 2011 Amtrak at Cary Depot | Downtown Cary NCDOT Rails Division
The Meeting Place Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Nina Hole & Community Volunteers Clay, Fire Brick 2012 601 Kildaire Farm Rd. Town of Cary • • • •
36 volunteers 175 volunteer hours 3 tons of clay – roughly 250 cubic feet or 1 story tall 3 weeks to build and fire October 15 – November 2, 2012
Danish artist, Nina Hole’s work is best known for performance firings of house sculptures which she developed in 1994. The fire sculptures take their inspiration from their surroundings for example the church spires along Academy Street, the brick columns at Cary Arts Center and the few remaining tobacco barns found dotting the rural landscape in Cary. The fire sculptures are slab built edifices that explore aspects of herself: ‘ego-houses’ as she calls them. Her method of using slabs as modular building blocks enable her to make very large sculptures which she raku fires in situ wrapping the structure in a blanket of high temperature refractory fabric that acts as the kiln during the firing. She uses a number of assistants and considers the process, including the stimulating communal experience of working with a group of people, as important as the final product. Fired through the night, the spectacular effect of the glowing form as it is unwrapped is the peak moment of the event.
STONELEAF+FAIRYCIRCLE Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Michael Roy Layne Storm water swale made of river rocks, bamboo, steel rod, wire 2012 Bond Park Boat House Town of Cary
Beacon to the Community Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Arthur Stern Architectural Glass (24 individual panels of stain glass) 2013 Fire Station #8 | 408 Mills Park Dr. Town of Cary The artist Arthur Stern responding to his time spent in Cary with the Cary Fire Department and students from Mills Park Middle School themes that repeatedly came up during his research meetings was to depict things that deal more directly with the Fire Department, the tools and equipment. He started with a series of ladder shapes, symmetrically plac¬ing them over the grid pattern. Then added, fire hoses and nozzles, in a framing pattern around the perimeters of the windows, The different kinds of glass in the palette, allow a varying vista through the window, with the background glass featuring ‘water glass’, adding a conceptual aspect to the design. This material distorts the vista beyond in a pleasing way that looks like reflections on water. The design also features red and orange hand blown glass areas, used heavier towards the top of the design, leading the eye upward, and when lit at night, presents a colorful “Beacon to the Community”.
THE Cary Theatre Marquee, plaza, & interior stair railings Artist Material Date Location Commissioned
Lynn Basa (Basa Projects) & Matt McConnell (McConnell Studios) Terrazzo, steel, aluminum, LED lighting, polycarbonate 2014 The Cary Theater | 122 E. Chatham St. | Downtown Cary Town of Cary The Cary Theatre Marquee was designed by the design team lead artist Lynn Basa of Chicago, Matt McConnell of Raleigh, and Leora Mirvish of Quinn Evans Architecture in Washington. The form and presence of the Marquee provides the artwork for the building and connects the past, present and future of the town with acknowledgment of the history and the growth and changes in the townsâ€™ citizens. The History of the building dates back to a golden era in Hollywood film, and there are streamlined aspects of the design meant to recognize that time in film and theater. Present and Future elements included in the design are related to technology and lighting. The culture in Cary has transformed in recent years to a higher tech and more educated population, many feeding research triangle park. The LED lighting systems used in all elements of the marquee serve to add longevity to the piece, reflect a conscious conservation effort, and acknowledge forward thinking on the part of the town.