The 2014 OSE Community Choice Vote: The Winning Sculptures

By: Jessica Patrick

The installation of twelve new outdoor sculptures in Downtown Cary is quickly approaching, on July 18, 2014! Every year, as a part of Cary Visual Art’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, one specially selected juror chooses ten artists out of a national pool of applicants to display their sculptures downtown. The remaining two sculptures are selected based on a community choice vote—an important OSE tradition that has been in effect for years. 

The Community Choice vote is open to Cary residents of all ages—although people who live outside of Cary are invited to participate as well. This guideline ensures that the community has a say in the selection of art displayed in town while making the process one of involvement, interaction, and anticipation. These elements continue to engage the public and demonstrate the Town of Cary’s focus on making the community one of both distinction and culture.

This year, the public was invited to select two winners through either an online vote or a paper ballet at Cary’s Spring Daze event in Bond Park. From five selected outdoor sculptures, voters were able to select their top two choices. A tally of the votes revealed that “Azure” and “Ark” were the most popular choices among the public. These pieces will be installed in Downtown Cary on July 18th, along with ten other winners.

The first winner, a large blue butterfly named “Azure,” was constructed by artist Phil Hathcock of Cary, NC. As a local artist and sculpture, Hathcock’s pieces have been displayed at the North Carolina Museum of Art, WakeMed Cary Hospital, and the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Hathcock owns Natural Stone Sculptures, Inc. in Cary and is known for his recreations of natural landscapes with stone. “Azure,” stands 19 feet in height and 10 feet in width. The entire sculpture is made of North Carolina slate, steel, and eastern red cedar and weighs approximately one ton. The butterfly will be installed in front of Cary’s Town Hall.

The second winner, “Ark,” was constructed by artist Charles Pikley. As a sculptor, Pilkey is fascinated with earth and with the ancient lineage of sculpture. If you take a closer at his piece, you can see animals moving up and down the sculpture’s top edge. Pilkey’s art has been a part of former CVA exhibitions as well as a part of many other showcases—including some in other countries. Pilkey’s sculpture is constructed with painted and welded steel and stands 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide. “Ark” will be installed in front of Fidelity Bank in Downtown Cary.     

Pictured below, both sculptures can be noted for their large height and interesting elements. “Azure’s” bright color and “Ark’s” fine detail and will make the pieces distinctive additions to the 2014 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.


Cary Visual Art would like to thank the public for participating in the selection of this public art. Please join us for installation day events and our Opening NIght reception on July 18th in Downtown Cary. Visit our website, for information on further programs and events. 


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