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Meet Sculptor Charles Pilkey

Think of art is as the beginning of a conversation between artist and viewer, where artwork is a visual "hello". Viewers engage in that conversation by responding to the piece or to other viewers, often igniting other sparks of inspiration.

Charles Pilkey is a North Carolina sculptor who lived for fifteen years in Japan where he taught sculpture at Kyushu Sangyo University. His work can be seen in private and public collections in China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Turkey and the U.S. He dreams of one day carving on the moon. (

The piece visualizes the struggle in taking the next step towards one’s goal – while you can picture yourself at the ultimate destination (the reflective sphere) it can be daunting to take the first step – hence the very large vertical incline on the front of the piece.

Fun fact about Charles Pilkey – one day he dreams of carving on the moon!

Ready to see these pieces for yourself?

Learn more about all of the pieces in the current “Work in Progress” exhibition.

Are you curious about the pieces included in the inaugural run of the "Work in Progress" exhibition? Click here for a map of all 11 pieces.


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