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21 Days Outdoors – NCMA Art Park

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 the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.

Even on an overcast day the art park at North Carolina Museum of Art inspires. The iconic “Gyre” rings remain formidable against imposing storm clouds. “Askew” strikes a particularly moody pose. Damp surfaces become reflections of their surroundings, providing an alternate perspective. Of course any day is a good day to explore the three miles of trails within the 160 acre art park (which is free and open to the public every day of the year). 

Some trail surfaces are paved. Others are unpaved and meander through natural areas, but all include art. A section of the art trail connects to the Capital Area Greenway and crosses over Interstate 440. Just before you reach that pedestrian bridge a pair of bright pink sneakers catches your eye. Some photographs from the Bull City Summer exhibit are installed strategically along the trail and finding them is reminiscent of an Easter egg hunt. Some works within the art park coax visitors off the trails for a closer inspection, such as “Forest for the Chairs”. Other works invite you to climb inside for a different view or stand still and watch while they spin in the wind.

The museum park is a venue for outdoor films and performances during Summer as well as an art piece unto itself. For the first time last week I read all the pleas carved into “Picture This” and smiled when I found a familiar Beatles song title. A “new to me” discovery that brightened my day. When the next cloudy day leaves you less than motivated to get outside, perhaps a visit to the NCMA art park will awaken your senses and inspire a photo journey of your own.

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