The popular Wild Art Sculpture Showcase wrapped up on September 26. The exhibit featured 18 sculptures by 17 artists, which displayed vibrant and varied approaches to the theme of “Wild Art.” The sculptures were a fantastic addition to the gardens, and a big hit with guests.  

 In addition to the four juried awards that were announced in August, visitors were able to vote for their favorite sculpture. “Tangled Hare” by Todd Frahm has been awarded the People’s Choice Award. Here’s what the artist has to say about the cleverly-titled piece:

My work explores the relationship between animals and the environment. Through metaphor, I attempt to cultivate seeds of responsibility for and stewardship of the natural world. ‘Tangled Hare’ is made entirely from industrial drops (steel remnants from a fabrication process). By repurposing material destined for scrap, overseas freight and eventually subsequent smelting, my intervention temporarily sequesters carbon in a tiny effort to offset the adverse effects of my pursuits.

One lucky person who voted for the People’s Choice award has won free tickets to Winter Lights. Thank you to all who voted, and to all who visited the exhibition! 

Didn’t get a chance to see the exhibit? Two of the sculptures can still be seen in the gardens, so you still have a chance to come enjoy them. 

“Hope” by Jim Weitzel will remain on loan from the the collection of Dr. Debra Flynn following its purchase and “Stillness Meets Trajectory” by Annie Mariano, which won first place in the juried awards, has been purchased by a donor to be added to the Arboretum’s permanent collection.

Another six pieces were sold, including “Raptor” by John W. Parker; “Leo” by Pokey Park; and “Sanctuary” by Julia Burr and John Almaguer. “Circumstantial Evidence” (1 and 2) by Roger Martin sold twice in one day, and “Hatchling” by Harry McDaniel was purchased by a first-time visitor.

A portion of the proceeds from the Wild Art sculpture purchases goes to support The Arboretum Society. 

We are grateful for the participation of all of the juried artists and our guests for making this a wonderful show! Make sure to look for more exhibits at the North Carolina Arboretum, including “Arbor Huescapes, Paintings by Michael Fowler,” currently on display in the Baker Visitor Center.