"Given that our mission includes an emphasis on the arts, we are committed to realizing this," the park's executive director, Camille Berry
, said."The sculptures allow for visitors to Durham Central Park to experience art on a more personal level.They do not have to attend an event in order to view the art."The park will continue to work with Rhein Medall and are also looking into showcasing the sculptures of Liberty Arts, Inc. in Durham, Berry added.
Thanks to a Durham Arts Council grant
, the park will soon have a permanent work of art, a box turtle sculpture that children can climb on."The box turtle is the state reptile," Berry
said.Made from concrete by local artists Michael Waller and Leah Foushee of WallerFoushee Studios, the turtle will stand three feet high, six feet long and five feet wide and should be in the park by late June, Berry added.