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Yates Building Occupied Again...with MORE Art

As the season eagerly changes into spring,  West Franklin Street has become bathed in the big, bold, colors of the latest art venture of nationally-known artist Charles Chace. The Downtown Partnership engaged Chace to create the second West Franklin Art Installation at 419 West Franklin Street; formerly known as the Yates Motor Company or University Chrysler.  We began the West Franklin Art Installation project this past October with the property owner's permission to use the long-empty storefront for short-term (or pop-up) art projects.  

Charles Chace's work titled "ENEMY AMPLIFIED PROOF" (Razor, Paint, Tape) is a mixed media work that is constructed of recycled cardboard boxes, tape, and paint. The boxes were razored into over one thousand book-like shapes, then painted a rainbow of colors.  Local businesses contributed to the art project as well. The Orange County Social Club donated all the cardboard boxes, and Fitch Lumber Company donated paint. 

Chace installed the pieces into rectangular lines inside the two 8x15 foot windows using tape in a shingling type of pattern with the corrugated edge revealed. This unmasked use of material shows that the parts used in creating the sculpture are only props in the overall presentation of "work".  

With most of the artwork created on-site, Chace's piece will be on display until June. The community is encouraged to view the piece both close-up and from across the street to get the full and colorful perspective. View a full set of photos of the work, including behind-the-scenes shots of Chace as he installed the work inside the building.

West Franklin Art Installation (Spring) - Charles Chace
View of ENEMY AMPLIFIED PROOF installed at 419 West Franklin Street.

The Downtown Partnership will be hosting a reception for the artist on Friday, April 13 from 6PM to 9PM at West End Wine Bar as part of the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. All are invited to meet the artist and learn more about the West Franklin Art Installation.

The Downtown Partnership's first installation at 419 West Franklin Street was on display from December 2011 to March 2012. It was created by a UNC art student to celebrate community spirit in the wintertime. It was styled much in the tradition of New York's famous department store holiday window displays. 

For questions or media inquiries contact Meg McGurk at CHDP at 919-967-9440 or