From temporary public art programs such as Work In Progress to the permanent works in the North Carolina Veterans Park that represent all 100 counties in North Carolina, the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County has a long history of facilitating public art for the community.
Current public art projects in progress include:
- Public Art at The FAST Center – multimodal transit hub in the heart of Fayetteville
- Public art in a busy roundabout as the culmination of a community development project in Massey Hill
- Public art for key gateways into the community and/or neighborhoods
The Arts Council works on behalf of the community through collaborations with local government. The goal of these partnerships is to use art as means to enhance economic and community development, drive tourism and create access for all to cultural assets.
Current Public Art in our Community
Work In Progress
This temporary public art progress exhibition is gifted to the Fayetteville community through private donors and matched with Arts Council funding.
North Carolina Veterans Park
Hand castings from all 100 North Carolina counties are only one type of public art you can experience at the first state park dedicated to all military veterans.
Massey Hill Heritage Discovery Project
Both neighbors and citizens, non-profits and government agencies come together for the common goal of The Massey Hill Heritage Discovery Project.
Monument & Gravesite of Isaac Hammond
Isaac Hammond was the first Company fifer in the Revolutionary War and free black man.
Marquis de Lafayette Statue
The Marquis de Lafayette statue was commissioned by the Lafayette Society in 1983. The city of Fayetteville is named for the Marquis de Lafayette.
Angel of Hope Statue
The statue is the centerpiece for the "Angel of Hope" Memorial Service. Held each year on December 6, the service is held for families whose children were loved, lost, but will never be forgotten.
The sculpture, weighing 10,000 pounds, features six slabs of marble arranged in such a way to create a window view of the library. Click here to learn more about the Cumberland County Library's art collection.
Star Gate 2003
Primarily made of aluminum and stainless steel, the Star Gate 2003, sculpture that is suspended between two 100’ poles above the fountain at the roundabout at Maiden Lane, Fayetteville, NC
At the entrance of the World's Fair.
Standing 7' feet tall, two Bronze Bronco Statues located at the corner of Langdon and Murchison Road.
This piece of art is a telephone company cell tower for which Sprint won an award as the “most creative cite concealment of a tower.” It was also noted as “the height of ingenuity” in the New York Times Magazine.
American Flag 1
The 12-by-45-foot American flag was created in 2013.
American Flag 2
It is estimated that it took 15 to 20 gallons of paint to cover the Post 202 wall. (The Fayetteville Observer)
Iron Mike (original)
Created in 1961 to honor the airborne trooper, Iron Mike represents those soldiers whose courage, dedication and traditions make them the world’s finest fighting men. The rocks forming the statue’s base have great significance. They were brought from Currahee Mountain near Camp Toccoa in Georgia where the first paratroopers were trained. Paratroopers would run three miles up and three miles down this mountain for training.
Constant Vigilance - Special Operations Force Dog Memorial
The bronze monument on a granite base depicts a life-size Belgian Malinois in a sitting position, vigilante, with ears perked and wearing his full deployment kit. The monument was placed as a symbol of respect and mourning for Special Operations Force (SOF) dogs that have perished in the line of duty since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
General Hugh Shelton Statue
The statue of General Hugh Shelton depicts him in Vietnam-era uniform and gear. It stands 10-feet tall, weighs almost 1,800 pounds and stands on 6-feet tall polished black granite base.
Iron Mike (replica)
This statue is a replica of one created in 1961 made of polyester and steel. Iron Mike – In honor of the airborne trooper, Iron Mike represents those soldiers whose courage, dedication and traditions make them the world’s finest fighting men.
The Wall of Honor
In 1994, Dorothy Fielder enlisted the help of FSU art instructor, the now deceased Francis Baird, to create the mural. What was a graffiti-covered eyesore now tells the history of the people of the neighborhood and includes the faces of modern black heroes of the community.
The mural, created in 2013 by art students at Fayetteville State University, is a visual representation of "What is Cumberland County?"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A sculpture of Dr. King, a fountain, a picnic pavilion and open space are the beginnings for the 13 acres of land commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Ghost Tower a replica of one of the Arsenal original towers located at Arsenal Park, part of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. Monument in front of Museum Dedicated 1928 by the NC Historical Commission & J.E.B. Stuart Chapter of United Daughters of Confederacy.
This sculpture represents the double helix model for the structure of DNA.
The Greek letter is used to identify an important ratio in mathematics.
by Jonathan Bowling
Mural by Dare Coulter.