GREENSBORO, N.C. – (May 16, 2013) – The Public Art Endowment has unveiled an important new sculpture on the campus of Wesley Long Hospital.
In addition, Public Art Endowment trustees recently voted to place a second moving sculpture as its next long-term installation for Greensboro.
Saw Dog, a whirligig sculpture by renowned N.C. artist Vollis Simpson, has been loaned by the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, N.C., to Cone Health through an agreement with the Endowment. It is visible from both Elam and Friendly avenues and can be fully accessed by following the driveway to the hospital.
“This wonderful piece is the latest addition to our extensive and growing collection of art throughout our facility,” said Paul Jeffrey, Wesley Long Hospital President & Cone Health Chief Inclusion Officer. “Art can be an important part of the healing process as well as adding a comforting experience for our patients, families and visitors. Saw Dog is an uplifting, whimsical, and enchanting sculpture that already has resonated with the people who have experienced it.”
Last week, the N.C. House of Representatives passed a bill naming Simpson’s whirligigs the official state folk art of North Carolina. This bill goes to the N.C. Senate for a vote soon.
The Community Foundation established Public Art Endowment in 2008 thanks to a seed gift by Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston. Its mission is to enhance the sense of community, as well as help define Greensboro’s image visually, through the acquisition of permanent pieces of significant public art for all residents to enjoy and respond to. During its ongoing $2 million fundraising efforts, the Endowment is borrowing pieces from around the country for long-term installation in Greensboro. Once fundraising has been achieved, the Endowment will begin to place pieces permanently as gifts to the city.
Last year, the Public Art Endowment entered into a unique partnership with Cone Health to assist the system in occasionally obtaining long-term pieces for its various facilities.
In addition to Saw Dog, the Endowment has helped install Billy Lee’s Guardian II on the grounds of the Old Guilford County Courthouse, Entrance to a Garden by Dennis Oppenheim on the grounds of VF/Wrangler on Elm Street, Tre Venezia and Cassata by Peter Shire on the grounds surrounding the Greensboro Cultural Center and James Surls’ Standing Vase with Five Flowers on the median of Green Valley Road.
The Surls piece has moved on to New Orleans, and the Endowment just voted to install Three Liner by Evan Lewis at the Green Valley Road location in September.
About 145 individuals are now trustees of The Public Art Endowment, and each year they vote for one of three possible pieces to install in Greensboro. Art is identified and presented for consideration by the Endowment’s Art Selection Committee, which is made up of art experts from across the country.
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About Vollis Simpson
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About Evan Lewis
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