The third generation of Clayton’s Downtown Sculpture Trail will have nine pieces, one more than last year’s installment.
The town’s Public Art Advisory Board has added one sculpture to its rotating display each year since launching the annual art installation in 2013.
This year, the citizen-run board plans to add a new sculpture location at the Clayton Community Center on Amelia Church Road.
The Community Center is outside of Clayton’s downtown district. However, the town does plan to connect downtown to the Community Center via a future greenway.
Jason Hardy, chairman of the art advisory board, said sculptures included in the 2014 trail will come down soon. The new selections will be installed in May and will remain up for a year, he said.
Hardy said the board received 21 entries for the trail from 13 artists. Eight artists entered pieces for the first time.
The town budgets about $15,000 for the sculpture trail every year. The money helps the town pay the artists for lending their works.
Each artist also competes in a “People’s Choice” contest that pays another $1,000 to the winner of a vote by the public.
In addition to the sculpture at the Community Center, three pieces will stand in Horne Square. Two will go on Town Square.
The other destinations are Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, The Clayton Center and the roundabout on the Front Street extension.
The selections are:
▪ Jeff Keifer of Clayton’s “In Motion,” an eight-foot-tall, 450-pound sculpture planned for Town Square near O’Neil Street.
▪ Jordan Parah of Greenville’s “Sunrise, Sunset,” an eight-foot-tall, 200-pound piece that will go on the other side of Town Square near Fayetteville Street.
▪ Parah’s “Up, Up and Away,” a nearly 11-foot-tall sculpture that will go at the Community Center.
▪ Corey Lancaster of Princeton’s “Fiddle Frog,” a six-foot-tall, 350-pound sculpture planned for the library grounds.
▪ Adam Walls of Hope Mills’ “Mother and Child,” a four-foot-tall, 500-pound sculpture that will go at The Clayton Center.
▪ Charlie Brouwer of Willis, Va.’s “Duplexity,” a six-foot-tall, 200-pound piece that will go on the west side of Horne Square.
▪ Matt Amante of Winterville’s “Reincarnation,” a six-foot-tall, 150-pound sculpture that will stand at the center of Horne Square.
▪ Cathy Perry of Chocowinity’s “Spirit Tree,” a nearly eight-foot-tall sculpture planned for the east side of Town Square.
▪ Hanna Jubran of Grimesland’s “Blue Cube,” a 10-foot-tall, 1,000-pound sculpture that will go at the center of the Front Street roundabout.
Jubran, a professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, has submitted pieces to the sculpture trail every year. He said some of his students have also submitted pieces.
Jubran said he has lent pieces for public displays along the East Coast.
“Beautifying the city and being involved with the community – that’s what motivated me to bring work to Clayton,” Jubran said.
“Every great community needs great art.”
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