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Public Art in NC

If you are an art lover looking for interesting pieces of art for free check out our complete guide to the best public art spots in NC. From sculptures to statues to graffiti paintings, we have them all. When you are in North Carolina you must check out these pieces of public art.

One Lodge Street, Ashville, NC 28803


Visit a Historical Landmark!
Biltmore Estate is a large private historical structure with a magnificent view. It is known as the largest privately owned house in the United States at 178,926 square feet featuring 250 rooms. The house itself is more than 100 years old and still owned by one of Vanderbilt’s descendants. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

Its grounds include a 75 acre vast land area showcasing formal gardens, a dairy farm, winery, and the Inn on Biltmore Estates, a AAA four diamond hotel with 213 rooms. It also recently opened the Antler Village which includes an Outdoor Adventure Center, Creamery, Cedric’s Tavern and a Museum. This is one of the best public arts in MA to see.

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4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217


Journey of a Great Evangelist
The Billy Graham Library is a 40,000 square foot historical landmark of faith that settles on an area with 20 landscapes showcasing a breath taking view of the library, Graham’s family house and beautiful landscapes. The library displays lots of memorabilia of one of the most powerful voices in the 20th century. A bookstore located in the attic is opened inside the library where guests can shop for books, gift items, music CDs, souvenirs and a lot more. A few steps from the library stands the fully reconstructed Graham Family house which was originally located on Park Road.

After an uplifting walk around this tranquil scenery, take time to relax and grab a delicious drink or go for a light snack at Graham Brothers Dairy Bar. The place does not only feed minds it also does feed hungry tummies. 

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46368 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC 27960


A Famous Symbol
Built in 1799, it was first lit in October of 1803. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been built to protect one of the most dangerous sections of the Atlantic Coast, “Diamond Shoals” where hundreds to thousands of shipwrecks can be found and has gained the reputation as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. Through its existence, the tower has been renovated, reconstructed and moved from its original location. It is known and recognized as the tallest lighthouse in the United States, 23rd tallest traditional lighthouse in the world and a famous symbol of North Carolina. The lighthouse is also famous for its black and white stripe daymark pattern gaining the nickname as the “Big Barber Pole”.

The tower is one of the several operational lighthouses in North Carolina. It is open to the public from early April to Mid of October. Visitors can climb its 248 steps for the spectacular view of the ocean. Frame Buildings near the lighthouse which was opened as a Visitor Center with displays of the Island’s maritime history. Not far from the lighthouse is a picnic area and a nature trail were guests can enjoy being one with nature at this public art site in NC.

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1990 Spring Forest Road , Raleigh, NC 27609


A Work of Art to Welcome the Arrival of Every Guest!
This 4ft wide, 12 ft. high sculpture is created by North Carolinian Artist Jim Galluci. The gate was built as a souvenir of the artist’s family coming to America as an Italian Immigrant in the 1930s. This public art sculpture in NC is a symbol to welcome immigrants to a new world of full opportunities.


Built in 1997, it was bought by Galluci in 2004 for an outdoor sculpture exhibition sponsored by the Raleigh Arts Commission and was subsequently bought for the city’s collection. It was installed for a while downtown near Memorial Hall. With the development of the New City Plaza, the sculpture has been transferred to its permanent home inside the park.

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500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


A Beauty in Disguise
This 9,284 square foot piece of public art is standing on the west side of the convention center in Raleigh, NC. Behind this spectacular view is a blanket of air conditioning and mechanical systems of the entire building. Its walls are made of dark and light aluminum squares forming a huge oak tree in honor of Raleigh “the city of oaks”, LEDs were used as backlight of this wall. The aluminum squares swing as the wind blows and act like leaves in the wind which causes a shimmering effect.

Cree Shimmer wall’s fantastic view can be seen by thousands of by passers in the area. The entire view can be fully witnessed across the street and many areas throughout the downtown. Its colors are even livelier at night as LEDs were lit up revealing even more of its stunning beauty. View this work of art from the hill on Dorothea Dix property for a romantic and intimate spot with your loved one.

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400 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202


An Interesting Walk!
The Green is an Urban Park located in the heart of the city. Inside this 1.5 acre North Carolina park are many public art pieces. Among them are the Fish Fountain, hop scotch, Brick Book Statue, and street sign sculpture just to name a few beautiful pieces put together inside the panoramic park stretch. It has an overall theme of world literature. The park is located on top of an underground parking garage and in the heart of Charlotte downtown.


The park is also filled with breathtaking landscapes. It is a perfect place for the whole family, walk with dogs, or just hang out and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It provides refuge and calmness to every passerby despite noise of the busy bustling city surrounding it.

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5803 South Nc Highway 62 , Burlington, NC 27215


Travel Back History!
It once became a chaotic battlefield during Colonial until the Revolutionary war. Guests can take a tour of the 18th century Allen house and battle field monuments. Still intact, standing well preserved, it was originally built in 1780 and is believed to be owned by John Allen and wife Rachel with their twelve children.

Alamance Battleground has a quarter mile nature trail where guests can take a walk and stroll around the area. It has the 1880 column built to commemorate the battle. Visitors coming with families can also enjoy the picnic facilities with 10 tables available and the battlegrounds can also be used as picnic areas. Kids and families can enjoy this historical landmark for free. Go through each memorabilia and find out great stories about the bravery of those who fought during the war. This is great public art in NC!

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4409 Bennett Memorial Road , Durham, NC 27705


A Reminder of Unity and Peace!
Bennett Place is also known as Bennett farm. This historical landmark gives access to guests its 30.5 acre land area with many exciting activities that can be done within the premises. This place was once an area where the largest Confederate soldiers surrendered during the American Civil War which ended in 1865. To preserve the area a Unity monument was built in 1923 to commemorate the event.

The place is open to the public where guests can enjoy historic structures, gift shop, Monuments and outdoor exhibits, nature trails and picnic areas. Guided and self-guided tours can be arranged by guests and will usually take an hour. For visitors with limited time, they can take a self-guided tour. The place provides parking for the handicapped and accessibility throughout the visitor’s center. 

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1100 Club Road, Corolla, NC 27927


Worth the Visit!
Currituck Heritage Park is the most interesting park to visit. It has lots of activities that guests choose from to enjoy. It is a well preserved park supported by a non-profit organization. Fascinating destinations inside the park include the Currituck Beach Light Station, Picnics and Pavilions, Outer Banks Center, Interpretive Trail, The Whalehead Club Historic Museum House, Historic Corolla Village, The Boat House, Maritime Museum, and the famous Currituck Heritage Park Bridge which newlyweds often have as a background in pictures.

It is a fine destination for guests who want to enjoy different things but want to stay in one place. This 39 acre property has the most to offer when it comes to public art in NC. Aside from the mentioned destinations inside the park, guests can also enjoy boating, fishing and crabbing, perfect for the whole family.

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