Public Art Collection

The Durham Public Art Program contains a growing number of permanent and temporary works exhibited throughout the city. The collection contains works from public artists locally and around the country, and helps enhance the sense of place experienced by Durhamites and visitors alike.Take a moment to explore and enjoy Durham through its Public Art Collection!  

Interactive Public Art Map
Want to explore Durham's public art on the go? Click Public Art Collection Map for a graphic of public art locations across the city.

City Center District

DurhamCivilRightsMural_jpgCivil Rights Mural, 2015
Brenda Miller Holmes

The Durham Civil Rights Mural is located next to the Durham Arts Council. Artist Brenda Miller Holmes helped create a number of different opportunities for  community members, ranging in age from 13 to 65, to participate in this community-centered project.

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Plaza 002Pursuit of Happiness, 2014
Charlie Bauer

The Pursuit of Happiness was purchased by a private citizen. The artist wanted to convey the importance of living in the moment. This piece debuted as part of the Bull City Sculpture Show.


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Major_jpgMajor the Bull, 2007
Michael Waller and Leah Foushee

Major the Bull is a gift from the Central Carolina Bank in 2007. Liberty Arts Foundry created the piece as a gift to the City. It has become a beloved civic piece in CCB Plaza.

ArtAlcovesCharging Durham, 2017
Frank Kreacic

This triptych piece, created by 3D artist Frank Kreacic, is a tribute to the spirit and future of the city. Kreacic chose images that represent Durham's history: a train wheel represents the importance of the railroad and the color scheme is grounded in the bright red, blue and yellow of the Durham city flag. The paintings can be enjoyed without 3-D glasses, but those who want to see the full effect can borrow the glasses from the City Hall lobby.


Chalice_jpg(2)Chalice, 2014
Al Frega

This stainless-steel sculpture accompanies Major the Bull in City Center Plaza and stands as tribute to Former CEO of Downtown Durham Inc. Bill Kaklkof. The sculpture is supported on a metalwork stem and standing atop various machine components depicting the city skyline.

All the Possibilities of Stacking UpAll the Possibilities, 1988
Vernon Pratt

The Durham Arts Council, with the support of a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, issued a call to commission an exterior piece of public art  for the courtyard of the Durham Arts Council. Vistors are invited to explore Pratt's stone, geometric installation.

WindingOut2Winding Out, 2014
Robert Winkler

This public art sculpture was part of the Bull City Sculpture Show.

HereComesTheSunHere Comes the Sun, 1975
Karen Sterm Perkins

This sunny, vibrant mural is the product of a student art competition sponsored by the Downtown Revitalization Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Council for Creative Art in Public Schools, and the city and county school of Durham. Fifteen year-old artist and student Karen Stern's sunburst design was selected from over thirty other applicants. The mural was conserved and restored in the early 1990's.

YouthfulPauli Murray Murals, 2008
Brett Cook

Part of the collaborative story-telling project "Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life". This mural is part of a series of fourteen permant murals across Durham. The project was led by Brett Cook, an public artists with over 20 years of collborative community-based artmaking. "Face Up: Telling Stories of Communiyt Life" is a project of Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in association with the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project and the Duke office of Community Affairs.

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Parrish Street Markers, 2009
Al Frega, Michael Waller and Leah Foushee

These bronze sculptures are part of a series of six monuments detailing "Black Wall Street" in Durham.

Time Bridge (PhotoTimebridge, 2015
Odili Donald Odita

Artist Odili Donald Odita represents Durham's "melting pot of sorts" identity in this abstract, colorful mural. Time Bridge is one of two wall paintings commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art in celebration of it's ten-year anniversary.

Central Park District

Mr.Pickles_jpgMr. Pickles, 2005
Michael Waller and Leah Foushee







PhatRyan_jpg(2)Phat Ryan, 2009
Michael Waller and Leah Foushee

Earthsplitter_jpg(1)Earthsplitter, 2007
Michael Waller and Leah Foushee

South Durham

StephensBentStephen's Bent, 2010
Thomas Sayre

This 17 foot sculpture, composed of stacked earthcast slabs of red clay, pays homage to the land of Durham County and its long agricultural history. In the title, the name "Stephen" refers to Stephen Lowe, the 18th century patriarch of the Lowe family for whom the area Lowe's Grove is named. The word "Bent" refers to tobacco barn parlance. Commissioned for the South Regional Library,  Stephen's Bent was made possible by a generous donation from the C.M. Herndon Foundation.

Southern Boundaries_BSSouthern Boundaries Park Mural, 2017
Julienne Alexander and Julia Gartrell

This colorful mural is based off of sillohettes of Durhamites collected by artist team Julia Gartrell and Julienne Alexander. This installation is the first itteration of a continued effort to bring murals to parks across Durham.