• 45°

New round of sculptures installed across Salisbury

By Liz Moomey
liz.moomey@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Through rain and mud, new pieces of art were installed for this year’s Salisbury Sculpture Show on April 5.

In its 11th year, the show features nine artists with 16 pieces scattered across the city at three colleges, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and in the West End neighborhood.

“The Sculpture Show makes art accessible for everyone,” said Alyssa Nelson, urban design planner. “It’s available 24/7 by being outside.”

Charles Pilkey installed his piece “Mesozoic Bench” at Livingstone College. He challenged himself to make the sculpture functional — students, faculty and visitors can sit on the metal platform.

He said he enjoys participating in the sculpture show because it allows everyone to see it, unlike a museum.

“It’s an education for your community who otherwise would not get the chance to see modern art,” Pilkey said.

Randy Goodman, a contractor with June Goodman and Sons, has aided with the installation every year. He spends weeks preparing for the artists placing their pieces throughout the community.

He is one of the first to see the various sculptures. He likes seeing the difference of the pieces and learning the stories behind them.

For Pilkey, his sculptures either showcase environmental and social issues or something that is more relaxing and playful. He hopes his sculptures start a conversation.

“My position on public art is it should, at least some of the time, address these issues,” he said. “It should not be just entertaining, just fun, decorating the sides of buildings or landscapes.”

Nelson said for one of the sculptures, the symbolism helped its selection. West End received a piece named “Community.” West End is the first neighborhood to have a sculpture.

Pilkey enjoys the contrast of the city’s historic qualities to the sculptures.

“It works well in a traditional town like this with the history and so forth to have modern art with a backdrop of traditional architecture,” he said.

The Salisbury Sculpture Show costs $30,000, with $10,00 coming from the city. Other funds come from grants or hosting sites paying the stipend.

The Sculpture Show features Jonathan Bowling, Adam Walls, Richard Pitts, Jim Weitzel, Jordan Parah, Roger Martin, Harry McDaniel, Jim Gallucci, Matt Amante, Hanna Jubran and Bob Coon. The artists will be featured for 10 months.

Comments

Elections

Republicans on defense in state congressional races

Coronavirus

As officials face second wave of COVID-19, some resisting steps to curb virus

Business

Biz Roundup: Spalding wins state Executive of the Year award for work as Chamber president

Coronavirus

State health officials ease shutdown for church that had 181 COVID-19 cases

News

South Carolina tribe presents casino plan for Kings Mountain

News

Rockingham County ordered to reopen voting site

Racing

Michael Jordan’s NASCAR team partners with Joe Gibbs, Toyota

News

Zeta-caused landslide creates 90-mile detour in Mitchell, McDowell counties

BREAKING NEWS

Rowan County banking icon and community catalyst Paul Fisher dies

Coronavirus

State reports 20 COVID-19 cases at Rockwell Christian School, outbreak at Brightmoor Nursing Center

China Grove

Southern Rowan Christmas Parade to go on with COVID-19 safety measures in place

Local

Cress named Rowan County Emergency Services chief

Crime

Blotter: Two vehicles stolen after being left running

Nation/World

Six dead as Zeta soaks Gulf Coast and Southeast

Elections

Black Lives Matter signs will remain up at Carrboro polling site

Nation/World

Hackers snag $2.3 million from Wisconsin Republican Party

China Grove

In Senate race, Ford doubles cash on hand; Townsend spends $10,000 in House campaign

Elections

Two who attended rally for Trump in Gastonia test positive for COVID-19

Elections

Storm hinders Tillis events; Cunningham campaign activities remain quiet

Local

Trump-supporting organization to have downtown ‘Trump Train Parade’

Local

Spencer planning Christmas festivities for Dec. 12

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man charged with removing electronic ankle monitor

Coronavirus

County’s rate of tests returning positive continues to decrease, still above 7%

BREAKING NEWS

UPDATED: Three charged in connection with drive-by shooting, vehicle pursuit