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21 Days of Local Art – Bull City Sculpture Show

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.

Mike Waller's "Reunion" held a temporary spot at Durham Central Park until May 1. Twelve other works of large scale public sculpture are on display as part of the Bull City Sculpture Show.
Mike Waller’s “Reunion” holds a place at Durham Central Park. Eleven other works of large scale public sculpture will be on display as part of the Bull City Sculpture Show, shining a bright light on the city of Durham.

Twelve large scale sculptures have been set in place, from Corporation Street near the old Durham Athletic Park, along Foster Street, at various points downtown and within the American Tobacco Campus, all as a gift to the city from Liberty Arts. For the next six months the Bull City Sculpture Show, featuring art works from artists based in Maine to Michigan to Florida, as well as North Carolina locals, will engage residents and visitors to Durham. 

The show has been in the works for several years. Organizer (and sculptor) Mike Waller along with other artists and supporters began working on the show concept and raising funds. An exceptionally rainy day in May 2011 collapsed the roof of Liberty Warehouse, what was then the home of Liberty Arts and placed the show on hold while the artists looked for a new home. Eventually Liberty Arts found that new home in the Cordoba Center for the Arts. Once the dust from the sudden upheaval settled, a new fundraising campaign began, with support from the public via the Kickstarter campaign, from businesses and the City of Durham the show was back on track.

The sculptures represent a variety of styles and use materials including steel, cedar, concrete, locust wood, aluminum and limestone. Each sculpture location was carefully selected to complement or to interact with its surroundings. The graffiti scribed “Amuk” will rest near the Durham Farmers Market pavilion. The intricate “Balance Point Three” from North Carolina artist Hanna Jubran will adorn downtown’s Five Points. Each sculpture is certain to inspire photographs and social media conversations throughout the show’s duration.

Events are planned for the opening weekend beginning this Friday at Durham Central Park. The Grand Opening Gala is a free event with live music, food trucks and beverages available from Bull City Burger & Brewery. At 10 am on Saturday, stop by the George Watts-Hill Pavilion to watch a bronze pour. Then at 1 pm on Saturday walking tours led by the artists will commence. Though the show lasts through October, one sculpture will be selected the People’s Choice and will remain in Durham for an additional six months. Make sure you see each sculpture then vote for your favorite on the poll coming soon to the Bull City Sculpture Show website.

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