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Cary looks to move 'fire sculpture'

Posted May 24, 2013

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— A huge piece of artwork in Cary may soon have a new home.

The town paid $40,000 to have a Danish artist build the so-called "fire sculpture," an 11-foot-tall clay structure that was burned last fall to become a massive piece of ceramic, in an open area across the street from the Cary Arts Center.

The area also is used for social gatherings, such as a polka night on Friday, and Cary plans to build a downtown park there in a couple of years – and the fire sculpture isn't included in the park plans.

"Right now, our intention is to try to preserve it to try to find a new location for it," said Doug McRainey, the director of Cary's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural resources. "The goal is to definitely somewhere downtown, but right now, we are in the process of looking at all the essential locations in Cary."

Staffers plan to present the Town Council with options by mid-June, McRainey said.

"The big challenge is the sculpture itself," he said. "Moving it would require potentially additional funding, so that's what we're trying to get a handle on right now."

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  • JustAName Jun 3, 2013

    "Unless it can be set on fire every night to give it purpose,I say let it go." - RAA0013

    I believe it cracked after the first time they lit it. So, while that would be an interesting nightly/weekly event, it is not possible due to the poor craftsmanship.

  • ICTrue Jun 3, 2013

    "Money would be better spent in Cary if the town council and mayor would drive the Maynard Loop and throw $20 bills out the windows. They need to STOP spending money on Art!!!"
    walkindogs

    Best idea so far this week.

  • ICTrue Jun 3, 2013

    bulldoze that piece of junk and haul it to the dump

  • Lightfoot3 May 31, 2013

    “A huge piece of artwork in Cary may soon have a new home.” – article


    It’s a huge piece of something alright, but "artwork" isn't the word I'd use.

  • RAA0013 May 31, 2013

    Just saw the fire sculpture in person yesterday when I drove by it. I like abstract art and all but I thought it was trash someone had thrown on the grass at first. But then I remember these articles about it. Weird location and odd piece of "art". Unless it can be set on fire every night to give it purpose,I say let it go.

  • walkindogs May 30, 2013

    Money would be better spent in Cary if the town council and mayor would drive the Maynard Loop and throw $20 bills out the windows. They need to STOP spending money on Art!!!

  • DangYankee May 30, 2013

    @simplelogic: You obviously don't know your Wake County tax rates per town. Cary's is second from the lowest (Apex is the lowest).

  • DangYankee May 30, 2013

    For less than $40K, I can get a crew to smash it with sledgehammers. Let's call it "performance art". :-)

    I pass this structure EVERY day - it's f ugly.

  • me2you May 30, 2013

    Whoever is in charge of deciding what kind of "art" gets put around Cary, needs to be fired!

  • JustAName May 29, 2013

    "I can't believe my taxes paid 40K for that eyesore! Very poor judgement, Town of Cary." - sendusmessage

    The "Downtown Cary" signs cost $140k. That was a waste of money as well. Of course "The Cary" downtown theater is running over budget by 100%. Initial cost was $3 million, now it is at $6 million.

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