Public Art

GLENWOOD SOUTH PEACE TREE

During the fall of 2015 over 200 neighborhood volunteers learned to fold origami cranes to decorate a 12 foot “Peace Tree” donated by the Carolina Ale House.   Over 2,500 cranes were created.

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COOL WALKINGS
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On October 18th, 2015, three intersections in Glenwood South (Glenwood Avenue at Tucker, North and Jones Streets)  were revitalized with new and interesting crosswalks.

 

Inspired by Donna Belt, citizen artist and board member of the GSNC, the COOL WALKINGS project brought together the leadership of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, the Raleigh Arts Commission, Raleigh’s Public Works Department and the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative, to create the city’s first ever permanent public art installation on public streets.

 

GSNC embraces this project as a means to expressing the quirky and personal character of the neighborhood.  The installation also promises to help in attracting more retail to Glenwood South by enhancing pedestrian friendliness.

 

The materials and artist stipends were funded through a $1,000 Neighborhood Improvement grant, and through the generous donations of neighborhood businesses and residents.

 

Photos showing the artists and volunteers installing the artwork can be viewed on the Glenwood Crosswalks Facebook page.
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Tree Sweaters II:  In the fall of 2014, more than sixty knitters  participated in Glenwood South’s second  tree sweater project, attracting knitters from as far away as Hawaii, Texas and even Ontario.  Local knitters met at St. Saviour’s Center to stitch scarves with seniors who were recipients of last year’s tree sweater blankets.  Inspired by the colorful statement of community shared with them, knitters at St. Saviors and Glenwood Towers passed the tree scarves on to Love Wins, a ministry to the homeless led by Hugh Hollowell in the Glenwood South neighborhood.

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Poetry Wall: In June 2014, a chalkboard poetry wall highlighting favorite neighborhood quotes and poetry was constructed on the former Clark Art building.  New poetry and quotes are updated every two weeks.  Send poetry or quotes from your Glenwood South business associates or neighbors to GlenwoodSouth@downtownraleigh.org.

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Tree Sweaters:  In 2013, a group of 70 neighbors gathered weekly through the fall at the Carter Building and knitted 150 sweaters that were wrapped on trees along Glenwood Avenue.  Read more about the Glenwood South Tree Sweater Art Installation on the DLA blog.

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