Public Art in Downtown Chapel Hill
Downtown Chapel Hill is filled with vibrant public art that serves as cultural fixtures in our community. Listed below are 6 examples of public art that makes the downtown area come alive in colors, figures and designs.
1. Exhale by Mikyoung Kim
An eye-catching sculpture located at 140 West Plaza adds to the downtown area’s appeal. This sculpture grabs the viewer’s attention with mist and lights, making every interaction unique for all.
2. Downtown Murals
Downtown Chapel Hill has over 20 hand-painted murals, almost all by local artists Michael Brown and Scott Nurkin, and many with the help of children in the community. Some murals are tucked in alley ways while others are sprawled across vast building walls; collectively they have helped define a distinctive character that belongs only to downtown Chapel Hill. Discover the murals in an afternoon through Chapel Hill Recorder’s Walking Tour.
3. Colorful Crosswalks
These designer crosswalks are part of an initiative to increase visibility between people who walk and people who drive. The three crosswalks were all designed by local artists such as Mary Carter Taub and Lope Max Diaz. Located at the Rosemary and Henderson Street Intersection, the Cameron Avenue and Wilson Street Intersection (entrance to Granville Towers), and near Shortbread Lofts.
4. Eninka by Paris Alexander
5. Blooming Cube by Hanna Jubran
Expertly designed, this ten-foot tall sculpture is made of steel and painted with vibrant colors. Find Jubran’s design at the Hargraves Community Center.
6. Love Bound with Claws by Paris Alexander
Alexander’s sculpture was awarded an Honorarium for Chapel Hill NC’s Annual Juried Outdoor Sculpture Visions Exhibit in 2014. This sculpture is easy to spot on Franklin Street at the Peace & Justice Plaza.