7/09/2019 – Lenoir recognized for art

Posted on: July 9th, 2019 by admin


July 9, 2019


By Virginia Annable


Art installations speckle the streets of downtown Lenoir, adding color to the scene and enlivening the city.


Lenoir’s public art adds character to the city, Lenoir Main Street Coordinator Kyle Case said. This month, the city’s public art was recognized with a Great Places award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association.


The award to Lenoir for Public Art — Lenoir and three other North Carolina cities were recognized in this category — named one exceptional piece of art in particular: “Across the Grain,” the towering, red ring created by Thomas Sayre in 2012 that sits at the corner of Harper Avenue and Church Street.


That piece and others, such as Tucker’s Gallery, the outdoor display of sculpture downtown, help define Lenoir as an artistic and diverse community, Case said.


“You’ve got this variety of art that I think represents our community,” Case said.


The award also names Kue King’s “Wherever Flames May Rage” sculpture, which was put on the front of the Lenoir Fire Department’s main station last year.


The city decided to nominate its local art for the award because of the important role art plays in town, Case said.


“It just felt like we have such a talented artist community in more ways than one but in particular the collaboration and planning between different departments and community partners stands out,” Case said. “It’s kind of what I think these awards are about. It’s about communities coming together to make great places.”


Public art plays a big role in an area’s quality of life, Case said, which is why the city puts an emphasis on it.


“I think for me personally it makes life a little better,” he said. “To have some color and have some character, really. If you walk around downtown you see new installations — and a variety of art.”


Reporter Virginia Annable can be reached at 828-610-8724.

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