Public Art in Greensboro

2016 - Five Hearths - Greensboro Melvin Municipal Plaza Bollards

Cast Glass, Concrete

Greensboro is built on a shared appreciation for innovation, diversity, education, the outdoors, and its role as the “Gate City.” “Five Hearths” is a reflection of the moments that, taken together, have created a community and a city we are proud of. Welcoming a new neighbor, an act of kindness towards a stranger, teaching a child to read, learning a new skill-these deeds build pride and make our days worthwhile. These protective bollards to the Melvin Municipal Plaza can be enjoyed in a passing manner, yet are capable of drawing us in to imagine full and complex scenes, which are rewarding to those who take the time to investigate.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis

Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis are a husband and wife team based in Portland, OR. They each have their own individual art practices and have been working together since 2009, creating large-scale sculptures, installations, and public artworks. Their collaborative work comes out of a shared interest in storytelling, history, and symbolism. They spend time looking for coincidences-areas of overlap-and they search for the most potent icon that inspires them to spend intimate time with its history, learning its stories and form.

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  • The City of Greensboro
  • Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis, Artists
  • Public Art Committee for the Melvin Municipal Plaza Bollards:
    • Melissa Burroughs, The Cemala Foundation
    • Ivan Canada, National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad
    • Jennie Carlisle, Community Volunteer
    • Frankie Jones Jr., Smith Moore Leatherwood
    • Leslie Dunne Ketner, Pace
    • Elizabeth Link, City of Greensboro
    • Leslie Newby, Brand Communications
    • Ted Partrick, City of Greensboro, Retired
    • Barbara Peck, Public Art Consultant
    • Mike Powers, Frank L. Blum Construction
    • Kim Richmond, The Cemala Foundation
    • Susan Schwartz, The Cemala Foundation
    • Butch Shumate, City of Greensboro
    • Laura Way, Greenhill Center for N.C. Art

2015 - A Traveler's Garden

Public Art for the Central Lobby of the Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport’s Main Terminal

The Cemala Foundation joined the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority (PTAA) in commissioning A Traveler’s Garden by Gary Caldwell and Holly Felice. We are grateful for the partnership with PTAA and Kevin Baker, Executive Director.

In September 2015, The Cemala Foundation and the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority (PTAA) opened "A Traveler’s Garden." The Cemala Foundation and the PTAA commissioned Chapel Hill artists Holly Felice and Gary Caldwell to create their proposal for the central area on the main level of the airport. The project was budgeted at $40,000; $20K from Piedmont Triad Airport Authority as a part of the ceiling renovations and $20K from The Cemala Foundation through their ongoing effort to promote public art in the Greensboro area.



Mourning Cloak
-Size: 2’ wingspan
-Weight per piece: Approx. 8 lbs
-Material: Stainless Steel
Io Moth
-Size: 13” Wingspan
-Weight per piece: Approx. 6 lbs
-Material: Stainless Steel
Luna Moth
-Size: 2’ Wingspan
-Weight per piece: Approx. 8 lbs
-Material: Stainless Steel
Orange Sulphur
-Size: 15” Wingspan
-Weight per piece: Approx. 7 lbs
-Material: Stainless Steel
Cabbage White
-Size: 10” Wingspan
-Weight per piece: Approx. 4 lbs
-Material: Stainless Steel
Carolina Lily
-Size: 9” X 12”
-Weight per piece: Approx. 7 lbs
-Material: Stainless Steel
-Size: 5” flower, 12” cluster of 3
-Weight per piece: Approx. 8 lbs
-Size: 9” Wingspan
-Weight per piece: Approx. 7 lbs
-Material: Stainless Steel

The sculpture, A Traveler’s Garden hangs in the center section, upper level area of the newly renovated Main Terminal of the airport. “To wish you well on your journeys and welcome you home,” says sculptor and designer Holly Felice. The PTAA and the Cemala Foundation believe this project will help PTI enhance the local cultural landscape and further enhance the facility by capturing the spirit of the Piedmont Triad through public art as a means to welcome patrons and passengers to the airport. This initiative will be the premier project and first site specific artwork of the new Art Master Plan set in place in 2014.

In March 2015, a ‘Call to Artists’ was sent out to all professional artists with experience in implementing and working in the public arena who live or work in the State of North Carolina. In April, the Selection Committee met to review artists’ images and information and asked 4 artists to create proposals for the site. After reviewing the proposals, the Selection Committee chose Gary Caldwell and Holly Felice an artist team from Chapel Hill NC.

The Artists sculpted 3 tree-like root systems that extend down, in a chandelier-like fashion, from the center of the recessed space in the ceiling and hang at different heights. Each root system represents one of the 3 wonderful and distinct regions that make up North Carolina. Growing from the branches are sculptural adaptations of local flowers and leaves common to each region, showcasing some of North Carolina's beautiful and diverse natural wonders; the Coast is represented by Azaleas, the Mountains by our state wild flower the Carolina Lily, and the Piedmont showcases our state flower the Dogwood. Floating around and perched upon the chandelier-like structure are sculptural versions of local North Carolina butterflies, all clearly attracted to and entranced by the lovely flowers. "The butterflies are symbolic of both North Carolinians and of the travelers coming here via PTI who will now get the opportunity to visit our amazing home," says Holly Felice. Holly focuses on creating the flowers and Gary is in charge of creating the insects - in this case 5 types of NC Butterflies - Io Moth, Mourning Cloak, Orange Sulphur, Cabbage White, and Luna Moth. This piece is a wonder to view from all angles and if passengers waiting to board are lucky enough to snag a seat beneath it they will be able to pass their time gazing into its branches and finding new details around every bend.

There is an informative plaque on the coffee table below the sculpture that features images of the actual butterflies and flowers native to North Carolina. Children and their families will be able to interact with the artwork as they search for the different flowers and butterflies among the sculpture while learning interesting facts about each one. The addition of this feature allows the sculpture to become, not only a beautiful and visually inspiring piece of artwork, but also a family friendly learning activity that encourages interest and education about our great state.

The Schedule:

  1. In December 2014, The Cemala Foundation was contacted by Cheryl Stewart, Public Art Consultant for the PTAA, to ask if they would be interested in collaborating with the airport on this project. Each group (Cemala and the PTAA) would invest $20,000 for a total project price of $40,000.
  2. On February 10, The Cemala Foundation agreed to participate and a call to artists was sent out in March 2015 with a due date for information on April 1, 2015. Twenty-nine artists applied.
  3. The first Selection Panel meeting was held on April 6, 2015 when four artists were selected as finalists to visit the site and present proposals to the Selection Panel on June 15, 2015. These finalists were Holly Felice and Gary Caldwell, Matt McConnell, Hoss Haley, and Alex Bernstein.
  4. On June 15, the Panel selected the artist team of Holly Felice and Gary Caldwell. The sculpture was installed in mid-September 2015 and the informational sign/table was installed in June 2016.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Holly Felice and Gary Caldwell

Caldwell and Felice Sculptures have been creating truly unique and beautiful stainless steel sculptures for over 30 years and for the past 8 years we have had the pleasure of branching out into public art and are enjoying the differences between gallery and public art. Being able to interact with people on a larger scale and participating in how art can shape a location is truly an exciting experience for us. When creating art for a public space we try to work closely with our commissioners so that we can make sure that the final piece is a perfect fit and everyone is overjoyed with the sculpture(s) they receive.

Public Art by Caldwell and Felice:

“Flower Garden Mural” Brandenburg, KY - July 2015 - Permanent “Rosette” Zefon International, Ocala, FL - Aug. 2013 - Permanent
“Gladiolus” NC Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, NC - Sept - Dec. 2014 “Butterfly House Mobile” Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC - Apr. 2010 - Permanent
“Holy Spirit Dove” Light of the World Roman Catholic Church, Littleton, CO - Nov. 2014 - Permanent “Flying Beetle” International Institute of Science, Independence, MO - Jan. 2010 - Permanent
“Irises” Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC - Apr. - Sept. 2014 “Giant Butterfly” International Institute of Science, Independence, MO - Oct. 2009 - Permanent
“Weeping Willow” Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC - Apr. - Sept. 2014 “Playful Holder” Against His Will Gallery, Siler City, NC - Sept. 2008 - Permanent
“Butterfly Arch” Peter Pickens Farm, Chapel Hill, NC - Feb. 2014 - Permanent “Metal Vines” Arts Incubator, Siler City, NC - May 2008 - Permanent
“Azalea” Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC - Apr. 2013 - Permanent “Butterfly Wall” Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC - Mar. 2007 - Permanent


  • Kevin Baker, Executive Director, PTI
  • Endia Beale, Director, Diggs Gallery, WSSU
  • Rebeccah Byer, The Olio, Winston-Salem 
  • Gary Caldwell, Artist
  • Lisa Elmore, Planning and Engineering Coordinator, PTI
  • Holly Felice, Artist
  • Stephanie Freeman, Marketing and Customer Service Relations Manager, PTI 
  • Alex Rosser, Deputy Executive Director, PTI
  • Dabney Sanders, Project Manager, Downtown Greenway
  • Cheryl Stewart, Public Art Consultant

2009 - "Moving Forward" - Public Art for the City's Greene Street Parking Deck

In August 2009, The Cemala Foundation officially presented to the City of Greensboro, "Moving Forward," a comprehensive public art project for the Greene Street Parking Deck. "Cemala chose to contribute public art to the City to express Greensboro's positive sense of character and identity," said Susan Schwartz, Executive Director of The Cemala Foundation.

Public Art in Greensboro, NC
Public Art in Greensboro, NC
Public Art in Greensboro, NC
Public Art in Greensboro, NC

The Cemala Foundation commissioned Burnsville artist Ron Fondaw to decorate the six-level deck's exterior. The theme of the art is transportation over 250 years and its importance to the development and growth of Greensboro. The project features three components.

  1. Each of the deck's three visible corners has five multicolored polycarbonate stylized wheels in vertical fixtures that light up at night.
  2. The low pedestrian wall along Greene and Washington Streets boasts a "timeline" made of hand-made tiles, colorfully glazed to reflect the wheels and the frames. The timeline showcases vehicles representing different time periods including a steam locomotive, a street trolley, a tractor trailer, cars of the 20th century, and ending with the HondaJet of 2010.
  3. The tops of the deck showcases a frieze with 6' by 6.5' blocks featuring geometric designs created to complement the elements of nearby historic buildings.

"Transportation is an exciting theme, because it is part of our past and part of our future," said Kim Richmond, Cemala board member and granddaughter of Martha A. and Ceasar Cone II, who created the foundation. The narrative accompanying the art and written by Gayle Hicks Fripp, Greensboro Historian reads:

"Transportation has always fueled Greensboro's progress. From the wooden wheels on 18th-century wagons to the spinning turbines of jet engines, moving people and goods has been a major element in creating local fortunes.

The first railroad came to Greensboro in 1856, and within 40 years the town rumbled with dozens of trains a day. A newspaper editor described Greensboro as "the gateway to the South" and gave the city its enduring nickname: The Gate City.

In the early 20th century, automobiles, buses and trucks competed with electric trolleys on Greensboro's streets. By mid-century, the intersection of two interstate highways propelled the city's trucking and distribution industries. An additional transportation innovation took place west of town, where Lindley Field, used by early pilots, developed into the region's airport.

In the 21st century, The Gate City is home to makers of corporate jets and big-rig trucks. Piedmont Triad International Airport, supported by a network of interstate highways, hosts a major express delivery hub and its many cargo aircraft. Transportation continues to drive Greensboro forward.

Future technologies will change our vehicles and transportation systems, and Greensboro will change with them, always striving to advance. We are a city on the move."

Details follow.

Parking Deck Public Art in Greensboro NCThe Schedule

  • In 2007, The Cemala Foundation decided to initiate a public art project, in line with the vision of The Foundation, which states in part, "The community is viewed as a desirable destination for individuals, families, and businesses including a thriving arts and cultural community." Cemala's vision also includes enjoyment of a thriving Center City that is the robust hub of Greensboro.
  • In 2008, the Cemala Foundation engaged the United Arts Council to coordinate the selection and installation of public art to be a gift to the City of Greensboro. The Greene Street parking deck was identified as the site.
  • A national Request for Qualifications was distributed in December 2008, with 91 artists responding to the call.
  • An artist selection panel met in February 2009 to review the applications and narrowed the finalists to four. Panel members were representatives from Cemala, United Arts Council, City of Greensboro, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and Liberty Oak Restaurant, which abuts the parking deck.
  • Ron Fondaw was selected as the artist in April 2008 because of his outstanding talent in creating public art and his experience in enhancing public buildings.
  • In the summer of 2009, people watched the installation of the pieces.
  • "Moving Forward" was gifted to the City on August 21, 2009.


Public Art in Greensboro North CarolinaRon Fondaw has completed more than forty public art projects and his artwork is included in major art collections around the world. With an MFA from the University of Illinois, Fondaw is currently head of Ceramics in the Sculpture area of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has also been a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and other universities. Fondaw has worked in Japan and Denmark as well as sites around the U.S. and has received numerous distinctions including a Guggenheim award for sculpture, a National Endowment for the Arts and a Pollack/Kransner award. Visit Ron Fondaw's website.

About Public Art, Fondaw says, "Daily encounters with works of art have the potential to change how people perceive their surroundings and interact with each other. I like to define the essence of a place to express shared values with the community."


Covered Wagon 1760
Stagecoach 1750
The Fast Walker 1780
Steam Engine 1860
Model T Ford 1908
Street Trolley 1929
Packard 1949
Chevy Nomad 1957
Corvette 1965
Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle 1978
HondaJet 2010


Opened in November 1972
Double Helix Design
Architect: J. Hyatt Hammond, Greensboro, NC
Pre-cast concrete with sandblasted concrete exterior
Total of 706 spaces on 6 levels