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Cary plans move of massive art sculpture

Posted August 1, 2013

— A massive piece of artwork that sparked debate in Cary is moving.

A crew this week began preparing the 11- foot tall ceramic sculpture known as "The Meeting Place" for a quarter-mile move from where it sits at the intersection of South Academy Street and Dry Avenue to a location at Kildaire Farm Road and Pleasants Avenue.

Town leaders received plenty of complaints saying the $40,000 fire sculpture was an expensive eyesore.

The move is expected to cost about $25,000.


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  • me2you Aug 6, 2013

    This makes me furious! A pile of rubbage being tauted as art. I went to the NC Art Museum this weekend. Saw a 10'x10' painting of solid blocks of color. Any 3rd Grader could do it and yet they hang one in there like it's gold. Sickening.

  • walkindogs Aug 6, 2013

    Lightfoot3: WELL SAID!!! That's exactly how I feel as a Cary resident.

  • bigredtruckman Aug 6, 2013

    I drive by this two times each weekday, and it looks even worse in person. It reminds me of abandoned building materials which is what I thought it was when I first saw it only to later realize that it is "art". I'm all for good art that is attractive and adds to the beauty of a community, but this thing is nothing but garbage.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 6, 2013

    It still just blows my mind that those in charge of spending Cary's tax payer money got connned into paying $40k for that piece of junk. To add insult to injury, now they are getting conned by some other company into paying $25k to move it? How incompetent are these people? It's like they lost big at the rigged shell game, and now they're spending more because they think they can win it back. Some vandals ought to destroy that thing and put the city, and the tax payers out of their misery. But knowing the Cary "leaders", they'd spend another $60k to have it rebuilt.

  • shotgun_willie Aug 5, 2013

    40K holy moly! I thought the kids in the art center made that thing, Doesn't that town have enough resources of their own to move that thing? Guess the recession is over!!!

  • walkindogs Aug 5, 2013

    Well said NCGUY....

  • ncguy Aug 5, 2013

    65K total,

    that's a year maybe 2? salary to someone

  • jimnordt Aug 5, 2013

    im an art major and I do not see this as cool or refreshing as things that are unique may a lot of times be. its just ugly. maybe it represents something out of the danish artists life, but its just ugly for mos tpeople. i feel like the cary arts were falling victim to the pretentious nature of trying to seem like they know good art.

  • GravyPig Aug 5, 2013

    "Gravypig: have you ever taken the time to walk by the house Mr. Bowden owned and seen the drainage issue he had."

    Sure have, several times. His poorly maintained gutters and downspouts did nothing to funnel away the rain from the foundation. When a gutter drains in the middle where there is no downspout the water goes right to the foundation. I also don't belive that the water (even a torrential downpour) is able to crest the large curb in front of his house and cause this drainage issue. This has been an issue long before he spray painted his house and Mr. Bowden ignored it until he wanted to get out of the house. He knew it would not sell in it's worn and dilapitated shape so he tried to force the Town to pay.

  • GravyPig Aug 5, 2013

    "I enjoy most of the art in Cary -- the horse is one of my favorites. This statue, however, is completely UGLY! And to think someone paid $40k for this garbage???? I support the arts - I would rather see Cary pay LOCAL artists for GOOD work than FOREIGN artists for GARBAGE."

    I suppose "The Meeting Place" was a neat sight when it was first installed and fired on site. However it fails to "pop" after the firing is completed. It also doesn't help that Nina Hole (the artist) has done very similar if not mirrors of this project at other sites. But hey, that's her medium and vision. Check her other work, it has a similar old, worn, crumbling and old world look to it.

    The pictures of it being fired are amazing, and I kind of like the end result. The price tag is hard to swollow when there are more pleasing pieces that could have been purchased.