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Public Art in High Point

October 16, 2018

There is no doubt that High Point is one of the most creative cities in North Carolina. We are home to some of the most famous names in the furniture industry, but the creativity does not stop there. Being North Carolina’s International City, High Point stepped up their art and architecture game, boasting some impressive public art installations and buildings! Since we have already published an article on some of High Point’s architecture, we have decided to focus on our favorite public art installations in High Point.

Public Sculptures

Made of marble, granite, or limestone, these 3,000+ pound sculptures line the city streets of High Point.

The seven sculptures by local artist Charles B. “Chuck” Foster were put in place to create excitement and interest in the arts. Back in 2014, some of the pieces were meant to be temporary, but thanks to enormous popular demand, they have become permanent reminders of the enduring creativity of our citizens.

The sculptures and their locations include:

 “Sail” on Lexington in front of Simon Jewlers

 “Family” in the North Lindsay Street roundabout

Sculpture | “Family” by Charles B. Foster Photography by ZoZo Photography

 “Infinity” on Main Street in front of Simon Jewlers

“Dancer” in the pocket park at East Martin Luther King, East English and Hamilton Street

Sculpture | “Dancer” by Charles B. Foster Photography by ZoZo Photography

“Parent/Child” on North Main Street at the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau/High Point Chamber of Commerce

“Smith” on North Main Street at High Point Bank

 “Serendipity” at the Centennial Station Arts Center on South Centennial Street

Brian Davis Murals

Mural | “Frog” by Brian Davis Photography by ZoZo Photography

Brain Davis is behind many of the iconic murals that cover the walls of High Point. The first mural he did in High Point was the Tree Frog in downtown and since then he has been painting all over High Point, bringing life and color to the city! For more on Brian Davis check out our Voices Discovered article about him.

John Coltrane Statue

John Coltrane Sculpture today in High Point by Thomas J. Warren Photography by ZoZo Photography

Unveiled in 2006 in honor of his 80th birthday, this 8-foot tall bronze statue commemorates the incredible and timeless jazz musician who was raised and educated in our city. The sculpture was designed by Oregon native Thomas J. Warren and was featured on both CNN and Good Morning America!

Furniture Library Sculptures

The Furniture Library is one of the most recognizable buildings on Main Street and is the largest furniture library in the world! Not only does it house over 5,000 furniture and design specific volumes, the grounds of the library house some pretty amazing statues.

 

Some of the sculptures and their locations include :

“Free Spirit” by Ann Pamintuan is in front of the Library on Main Street

Sculpture | “Free Spirit” by Ann Pamintuan Photography by Studio Pagliai

 “Jitterbug” in honor of L Paul Brayton is in the gardens behind the Library

Sculpture | “Jitterbug” Photography by ZoZo Photography

 “Machine #1” by John Ross, is in the gardens behind the Library

Sculpture | “Machine #1” by John Ross Photography by ZoZo Photography

 “Imagination” in honor of Charles B. Sutton is in the gardens behind the Library

Sculpture | “Imagination” Photography by ZoZo Photography

 “Red and Blue Chair” is a reproduction by Gerrit Rletveld. It is in the gardens behind the Library

Sculpture | “Red and Blue Chair” by Gerrit Rletveld Photo via Home Furnishings Business

“See No Evil” by Raymond Waites is by the side entrance of the Library

Sculpture | “See No Evil” by Raymond Waites Photography by ZoZo Photography

Kinetic Sculptures

In the spring of 2016, three sculptures by N.C artist Mike Roig and one sculpture by Atlanta artist Phil Proctor, were installed as part of the High Point City Art Project. This beautiful sculptures move with the wind, making them come to life every time a breeze blows through the city streets.

The sculptures and their locations include:

“Comet” by Proctor stands 12 feet tall and is on West Commerce Street next to the Natuzzi Building.

 “Chalice” by Roig stands 10 feet tall and is in the pocket park across from the 200 Steele building.

Sculpture | “Chalice” by Roig Photography by ZoZo Photography

“Passionatus” by Roig stands 10 feet tall and sits across from the headquarters of Stanley Furniture at Hamilton and English avenues.

Sculpture | “Passionatus” by Roig Photography by Mike Roig

“Beautiful Whirlwind” by Roig stands 15 feet tall and is also in the pocket park across from the 200 Steele building.

Sculpture | “Beautiful Whirlwind” by Roig Photography by ZoZo Photography

Enjoy! HP Discovered

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