Exploring Durham

Public art on display many places
Nov. 29, 2013 @ 11:55 PM

Throughout December, Exploring Durham will feature articles about some of Durham’s unique art features. 

Durham is widely known as the Bull City as a result of a brand of tobacco that was made here. So strong is that legacy that a massive one-ton bronze bull nicknamed Major stands in CCB Plaza at Corcoran and Parrish Streets in downtown Durham.  It is but one of the pieces of public art for visitors to see and experience in Durham -- and he makes a mighty fine photo opportunity, too.

In addition to Major there are hundreds of places to see art in Durham, including other sculptures, murals, installations and more. In particular, be sure to visit DPAC, the Durham Performing Arts Center,  where “Bridge To The Sky” by internationally acclaimed sculptor Jaume Plensa is installed.

While many public art installations are in downtown Durham, many are outside Durham’s urban center. A drive through South Durham in and around Research Triangle Park will take visitors past large scale sculptures and fountains in office and retail parks.

For an artistic treasure hunt with a faith-based twist, look for a series of murals of one of Durham’s most famous residents, Pauli Murray. Pauli Murray was a civil and women’s rights activist who was the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopalian priest and is now an Episcopal saint. Murals of Murray can be seen across Durham.  “Pauli Murray, A Youthful Spirit,” can be viewed at 2520 Vesson Avenue. “Pauli Murray Roots & Soul,” is found at 1101 West Chapel Hill Street. “Pauli Murray & the Virgen de Guadelupe,” is on display at 2009 Chapel Hill Road. “Pauli Murray True Community,” can be seen by all at 313 Foster Street. “Pauli Murray in the World,” is at 117 S. Buchanan Boulevard.

Durham has hundreds of art features including more than 50 galleries, studios, public art, museums and more; for a full list visit www.durham-nc.com.

Insider Tip: For a searchable list of Durham’s public art and sculpture, visit www.durham-nc.com/thingstodo/art/art-search.html.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.