Vega Metals, comprised of the artist-team of Neal Carlton and Francis Vega, has been selected to develop public art tor Raleigh’s new Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center. Two hundred and sixteen (216) artists from around the country applied to participate!
Winners of numerous awards, Vega Metals, located in Durham, have created gates, fences, sculptures and architectural metalwork for sites including Duke University (Sports Hall of Fame and Duke University Gardens), the Liberty Arts Pavilion in Durham, and most recently the 24-foot high water fountain sculpture for the Gateway Gardens in Greensboro (see photo).
Working with architect Roger Spears (Szostak Design), the artists will develop artwork to fulfill the Public Art & Design Board site goals. These include the creation of art that encourages visitors to reflect on the natural beauty of the park and enhances visitor experiences of the facility.
This is the first project authorized by the Half Percent for Art ordinance established by the Raleigh City Council in 2009 and implemented by Raleigh’s Public Art and Design Board and the Raleigh Arts Commission. The new swimming center is scheduled to open in late summer of next year.
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