Current Public Art Projects

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Black Wall Street Gardens


Location: Black Wall Street Gardens

Artists: Stephen Hayes and David Wilson

Expected Delivery: 2020

Description: The Black Wall Street Gardens plaza has undergone lighting, landscaping, and walkway improvements to further enhance the greenspace as a pedestrian-friendly gathering space. Two walkways traverse the greenspace and provides a space for moveable seating, tables, and the future site for the Black Wall Street permanent art installation. The piece is to commemorate and illuminate the importance of Black Wall Street and the legacy of Durham’s African-American business community.

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Lakeview Park

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Location: 3500 Dearborn Drive, Durham, NC 27704

Artist(s): Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

Interested artists or artists teams should submit an application to the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. For more information on how to apply, please visit the Durham’s Call for Artists webpage, here

Expected Delivery: Late 2020 

Description: As part of Bank of America’s Community Resiliency Grant Program, the City of Durham Cultural and Public Art Program is collaborating with Keep Durham Beautiful and Durham Parks and Recreation to invite artists or artist teams to submit their qualifications to create groundplane art at Lakeview Park. 

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Public Art at Bus Shelters

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Location: TBD (9 locations throughout 3 Wards)

Artist(s): Selected through a RFQ process (Closed)

Expected Delivery: Spring 2021 

Description: As part of the Participatory Budgeting initiative, the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program is partnering with the Budget and Management Services Department to hire professional artists or artist teams to create public art that will enrich the new solar-powered bus stops. Bus shelters will be installed throughout Durham at existing stops that lack shelters and other amenities. To improve ridership experience as well as contribute to renewable energy generation, shelters will include 2-D artwork commissioned by the City, as well as solar panel installations at select shelters that will power lights and USB charging stations. The artwork will feature reclaimed or sustainable elements, with the themes that promote community healing and equality.  

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Club CrossingClub Crossing

Location: Intersection of W. Club Boulevard and Glendale Avenue, Durham, NC 27704 

Artist(s): Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

Expected Delivery: Spring 2021  

Description: The City of Durham is one of 16 U.S. cities to receive $25,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative grant program, which assists small and medium-sized cities looking to use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage their communities. The grant program is designed to create vibrant, new public spaces while also building city capacity for future collaborations with artists and community groups on transportation infrastructure projects.   

Durham’s award will fund collaboration between the City’s Transportation Department, Cultural and Public Art Program, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Durham Parks Foundation to improve street and pedestrian safety throughout the Club Crossing project at the intersection of West Club Boulevard and Glendale Avenue in Durham. 

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Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries 



Beechwood Cemetery, 3300 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Rd, Durham, NC 27701

Artist(s): Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

Expected Delivery: Spring 2021 

Description: As the City of Durham improves public amenities through the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), the Cultural & Public Art Program has the opportunity to provide public art amenities for Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries.  More information about the CIP process and funding can be found hereBased on the needs of the cemetery through on-site staff feedback, Beechwood will feature art-informed benches near the main entrance, and Maplewood will feature handrails for the space where ashes of passed loved ones may be laid to rest. The public art amenities will provide appropriate upgrades for residents of the community and visitors of the cemeteries.

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