On Friday, July 17, 2015, Downtown Cary was filled with an unusual crowd of artists, cranes and pick-up trucks toting colorful sculptures of all shapes and sizes.
As part of their eighth annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Cary Visual Art, or CVA, installed 10 new sculptures in Downtown Cary on Friday, July 17, 2015.
Preparing for the OSE is a long process that leads up to this important July day. On installation day, starting around 8 am, artists arrive in Downtown Cary with their sculptures in tow.
Since some artists come from other states, some pieces make quite the journey. Imagine driving down the highway and passing this pickup truck carrying a giraffe!
Once the artists arrive in Cary with their sculptures, installation begins. Depending on the size, weight and dimensions of each sculpture, some require the help of a crane in order to be placed.
After the sculptures are on the ground, artists work to attach them to pre-placed bases. Some sculptures arrive in several pieces, so artists take a while to make sure their work is both attractive and secured well enough to withstand outdoor elements for the whole year.
Placing all 10 sculptures in the hot July sun is always an exciting, yet tiring, event for the artists, CVA staff and volunteers and Town of Cary officials. At the end of the day, however, the hard work is celebrated with an OSE Opening Night Reception at the Cary Arts Center.
At this event, the public can mingle with the artists and fellow art lovers over wine and appetizers. During the reception, attendees are also able to enjoy a short presentation where each artists explains, in three minutes or less, the significance of their sculpture.
I heard a variety of speechesâ€“some artists touched on art history, influence and styles while others simply to
ld jokes or heartwarming stories about their inspiration.
After these speeches, the showâ€™s juror, Clifford T. Chieffo, awarded one artist the Best in Show award. As this yearâ€™s juror, Chieffo, a Cary resident, also had the important job of selecting from a country-wide pool of applicants a small number of artists to install their works in Downtown Cary for one year.Â You can find out who won Best in Show, as well as more information about the artists, the sculptures and where to find them, online through Cary Visual Art.