Clayton Art Advisory Board to select seven new works for the downtown sculpture trail

sgilman@newsobserver.comApril 4, 2014 

  • Submit a work

    The following is from the Clayton Public Art Advisory Board:

    Required artwork characteristics: suitability for family viewing; display of high-quality technical skill, imagination, innovation; suitability for outdoor display in adverse weather conditions; soundness of construction, durability and safety of artwork.

    The application form should include: list of materials used in the sculpture; artist explanation of how the work will be secured at installation; a list of professional references; an artist biography outlining credentials and relevant experience with public art; six jpeg photographs of the artwork.

    To submit a work, go to and click the link about the downtown sculpture trail or contact Bruce Naegelen at or 919-553-5002x5403.

Walk from Town Square past The Clayton Center to Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library and on to Horne Square, and you’ll see a series of seven sculptures installed by the Clayton Public Art Advisory Bard.

They’re wood, granite, steel, aluminum and limestone. They spin, spiral, sway and stand. And they’re all about to leave.

The board is going to select seven new works of art to put on display for the coming year.

“It’s a cycle,” said downtown-development director Bruce Naegelen. “It’s rotating annually.”

The board began the sculpture trail a year ago to beautify and personalize the town. Selected artists will receive $1,000 for lending their work to the town for the coming year, and their name will go on a plaque.

Sculptors still have time to submit work.

Applications to the Public Art Advisory Board are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 7, and the board will not accept any late submissions.

The board will decide which seven sculptures it likes best on April 10, present the art to Town Council on April 21 and notify artists on April 22. By May 15, all the current sculptures should be gone, and the new artwork will be in place by May 29.

Applications have come in slowly, Naegelen said.

“We’ve gotten a couple so far, but we’re hoping to get more,” he said. “It’s still early. The deadline’s not till Monday late in the day.”

Last year, about a dozen artists submitted works, Naegelen said. This year, the board has received very few, but he hopes submissions will come pouring in on Monday.

If the board does not receive seven submissions it likes, “we’ll play it by ear,” Naegelen said.

“I don’t know if we’ll extend it for a second call-out or not,” he said. “We’ll probably figure it out this week.”

While the sculptures that stand now are in a wide variety of materials, the submissions this year have been mostly in stainless steel, Naegelen said.

The artist is responsible for installation costs and will install the work under town personnel supervision. The town will insure the work while it is on display up, to the purchase value of the art.

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