About Raleigh Public Art

Mission: To create and integrate diverse artworks into Raleigh's landscape in order to establish a vibrant visual environment that provides public places with civic distinction, as well as fostering meaningful connections between people and place.

History: In 2009, the City of Raleigh adopted ordinances creating the Percent Art Program. The program allocates 1% of funds from capital construction projects for public art. Public art associated with City of Raleigh construction projects is managed by the Raleigh Arts Office. More information about Raleigh Arts can be found at https://raleighnc.gov/raleigh-arts  

The Blue Ridge Road Public Art Project is funded by the 2017 Transportation Bond. Capital Improvement Projects that meet the Percent for Art Ordinance standards, such as this one, are eligible to use 1% of construction funding for Public Art. Inclusion of aesthetics and artwork is an investment in our communities, with a focus toward community identity and equity in quality of life. Communities gain cultural, social, and economic value through public art.

About the Artist

Artists Joel Heidel and Angelina Marino-Heidel of Marino Heidel Studios will be creating artwork along Blue Ridge Road. You can find more about them at https://www.artspa.us/  

 

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Where would you be interested in seeing artwork along the road? Select all that apply.

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The roadway project will widen a segment of Blue Ridge Road from Duraleigh Road to Crabtree Valley Avenue to three lanes with curb and gutter, sidewalks and a multi-use path to provide a functional and safer multi-modal corridor for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The roadway connects a major hospital and shopping center. Along with those two anchors, Blue Ridge is fronted by both single-family residences and apartment complexes. Towards the North-Eastern end, the road is intersected by a heavily used greenway. Current plans include a roundabout, major intersection improvements, a 10ft multi-use trail, and a pedestrian culvert.

On the map below, mark up to three locations you feel would be good spots for public art.

You can click to add a point and include a comment. You can also click beginning and end points to add a line and include a comment. Please feel free to share your thoughts on others’ points, lines and comments as well. Click on the gear icon to the left of the map to switch between map and satellite views.

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How do you plan to travel on Blue Ridge road once the multi-use path and sidewalks are added? Select all that apply.

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What do you most associate with living near or visiting the Blue Ridge road area?

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Where do you spend the most time on Blue Ridge road? Select all that apply.

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Public artists work in many ways, with a wide range of approaches and artistic media. To inform how an artist might approach creating artwork for these streetscapes, what do you think would be helpful to know about life and culture in the Blue Ridge road area? Please share any additional information you think the artists may want to know about this part of town.

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What themes do you associate with the Blue Ridge road area? Select all that apply.

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What adjectives or words come to mind when you think of this neighborhood? Examples: trees, wellness, art, community, etc

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You are our neighbor and a stakeholder in this project! If you would like us to reach out to you about future meetings and for additional feedback, you can type your email or phone number below:

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What is your zipcode?

Thank you for your input!

Your comments are important and will help the public artists understand what residents value and want to see along Blue Ridge Road.

 

If you have questions about the project, or would like a project team member to meet with you or a group you represent, please contact Public Art Director Kelly McChesney at (919) 996-5657 or [email protected]

Visit the project websites at https://raleighnc.gov/SupportPages/public-art-active-projects#paragraph--278086 for more information.