Art in the parks and around town.

Around Raleigh there are many gardens with various art installations. Sometimes they are just civic pieces were the city or county has dumped a piece of art or sculpture somewhere only for the sake of saying they have public art somewhere, and then other times pieces are thoughtfully placed.

Here are a few examples throughout the City of Raleigh.

A fountain in the gardens of The Executive Mansion of North Carolina. That is a robust Japanese Climbing Hydrangea (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) behind it.

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Not really a garden but I love the dinosaur trail at The NC Museum of Life and Science. It is actually in Durham. (http://lifeandscience.org/dinosaurs)

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Andy Griffith statue at Pullen Park.

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Graffiti along Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Its not in a garden but I love this heart.

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Another piece of art in the Gardens of the NC Executive Mansion.

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A giant dragon snakes its way through the lawn in The JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU.

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A snow covered Buddha at dusk in my garden.

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A fountain at WRAL’s Azalea Gardens.

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The 13-foot tall Redbird Sculpture at Fred Fletcher Park and Water Garden. This is a stylized group of Flamingo flowers (Anthurium).

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Even a fence may be considered art if it has some unique or geometric characteristics.

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9 responses to “Art in the parks and around town.

  1. gavmomof2

    Thanks for such a lovely field trip! I really enjoyed it 🙂 ~maria

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  2. Love that dinosaur (Styracosaurus?)! There should be more dinosaur statues in the parks. They make me nostalgic for when my boys were young dino fanatics.

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  3. What an interesting post. I love the Andy Griffith statue. Would love to visit Raleigh! 🙂

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  4. Very nice photos. Nice statuary of Andy and Opie…though I wonder if you could shed any light on where the name Opie comes from? Was it short for Opadiah or was it for O and P, for Oscar Peter or something like that?

    Cheers.

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    • I am not sure. You have some good guesses. I looked on Wikipedia: “There are two explanations of the name’s origin. One is that Opie Taylor was named by Andy Griffith after bandleader and radio actor Opie Cates.[1][2] The other is that he was named for Opie Shelton (1915–1999), a childhood friend of Griffith, who went on to become president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.:”

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  5. I lived in NC for about a year and a half, and went to the Andy Griffith museum in Mt. Airy. I had not known he was considering a religious path before acting. I also remember listening to a recording of him trying to explain football to someone that doesn’t know what it is. I don’t remember the logistics of it, but remember it being funny.

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