Current Public Art Projects

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Location: Morreene Road Park

Artists: Muriel Epling

Expected Delivery: July 2019

Description: The City of Durham is currently renovating the groundscape and athletic courts at Morreene Road Park, the first purpose-build ADA accessible play structure in Durham. Improvements to the park include a full reconstruction of the tennis courts, removal of old asphalt around the playground, the addition of new ADA-accessible pedestrian pathways, and the installation of a public art piece. Public art at this site will reinforce an accessible play space and provide visual interest for community members while inspiring residents of all ages and abilities to come out and Play More.

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Location: Westover Park

Artists: JP Trostle + YouthWorks Interns

Expected Delivery: July 2019

Description: The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program will work with JP Trostle, a local Durham artist, and six youth interns for the summer five-week internship project, YouthWorks, to design and install a temporary public art project in Westover Park and W. Ellerbee Creek Trail. The identified locations within the park and trail is the paved circle on the W. Ellerbee Creek Trail near the parking for Westover Park.

Pop-Up Reverse Graffiti ProjectW Chapel Hill St Mock-Up (Rodine)

Location: TBD

Artists: David Eichenberger

Expected Delivery: July 2019

Description: In partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Art, the City will be installing pop-up artist quotes around Durham using a method called "reverse graffiti", which involves pressure washing a dirty wall to reveal stenciled shapes and lettering, as a way to engage the greater Triangle region with the state's official art museum through their Art + Nature + People initiative. 

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Location: Main Street

Artists: Norman Lee and Shane Albritton

Expected Delivery: July 2019

Description: The new Durham Police Headquarters Complex has been purpose-built to accommodate the current and future space, technology, and equipment needs of the City’s Police and Emergency Communications Departments. As part of the public engagement process associated with the planning and development of the new facility, multiple design goals were established, including but not limited to, increasing connectivity between downtown and east Durham, activating Ramseur and Main Streets, and incorporating public art in the project. The Headquarters has intentionally been designed in such a way that there are multiple opportunities for public art and placemaking.

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Location: Durham Convention Center on W. Chapel Hill Street

Artists: Cecilia Lueza and Cornelio Campos

Expected Delivery: September 2019

Description: In partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Art and Durham Convention Center, two public murals will be installed on the two blank garage doors located on W. Chapel Hill Street, in anticipation of their Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection exhibition. While the murals will bring awareness to the museum's exhibition, they will also reflect the idea of "Durham as a destination" while honoring the community's Hispanic heritage and Durham's 150th Anniversary celebration. For more information, click here.

SmART Ground Plane Artwork


Location: TBD

Finalist Artists: Lidia Churakova, Mary Carter Taub, and Peter Marin 

Expected Delivery: September 2019

Description: The Durham SmART Initiative, in partnership with the Durham Arts Council, the NC Arts Council, Downtown Durham, Inc., and the City of Durham, will be installing ground-plane murals on 3-5 selected streets and intersections in downtown Durham. The goals of this project are to build on Durham's SmART Vision Plan and increase cultural connectivity and economic vitality while also branding the Arts & Entertainment corridor and encouraging safe pedestrian movement. 

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Location: Black Wall Street Gardens

Artists: Stephen Hayes and David Wilson

Expected Delivery: September 2019

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.