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Changes in Store at Fred Fletcher Park

Posted June 11, 2007

A new sculpture stands tall in downtown Raleigh.

Fred Fletcher Park, located on the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Washington Street, is home to the city's newest public art, "Redbird."

At first, the 13-foot-tall sculpture looks like giant flowers, but Asheville artist Harry McDaniel said as viewers move around the piece, they will eventually see a cardinal, North Carolina's state bird.

It is the first of a number of changes set for the park. A water garden and landscape plans are also in the works.

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  • xyzzy Jun 12, 2007

    The "water garden" is to pretty up a forthcoming retention pond that would have been built regardless to alleviate storm dranaige problems. People are so cynical about anything that government does!

  • Mr. Iowa Jun 11, 2007

    Uhm, if you had a water garden that cycled fresh water constantly, you wouldn't have much of a water garden. Ask anyone with a pond in their backyard if they constantly run new water into it.

  • spamthissucka Jun 11, 2007

    It's always hilarious when people think all money comes from the same account.

  • RaleighRob Jun 11, 2007

    Calm down, ondaroof....the sculpture was paid by funds from the Red Wolf Ramble, a few years ago. (Which was an arts fundraiser done mostly by private businesses and individuals.)

  • photoz Jun 11, 2007

    My wife and I were married at this park in the garden in front of the house. This park is actually a nice little treasure in downtown Raleigh. We were always amazed at how little car noise you hear considering where it is situated. Glad to see this park is getting some new works installed.

  • smcallah Jun 11, 2007

    Newer fountains and water gardens generally recycle the water that runs through them. I doubt that the city at this point is going to build a water garden that doesn't recycle its water use.

  • ckblackm Jun 11, 2007

    We're under mandatory water restrictions and the city is planning a water garden... Whee!

  • anyway Jun 11, 2007

    Great! If you didn't know the state bird ,you do now. Reserve your tour now before the live birds make their mark on it first.

  • OnDaRoof Jun 11, 2007

    That's awesome. I wonder how much the city paid for all of this? To heck with providing more manpower for the Fire and Police Departments!! We need sculptures!!!! If the public only knew how shortstaffed we really were.....