3. Greensboro

We’re looking at public art projects in the Triad cities this week, with a skew towards recent developments. That’s why Greensboro, a city with several great and many very good pieces of public art, places third. Besides a flurry of pieces on the Downtown Greenway, the Gate City has had relatively few new projects completed.

2. High Point

High Point rates second for existing public art — they’ve got their own Forbidden City in the Furniture District — and also because a citizens group has launched the High Point Mural Project. It nabbed just 20 percent of its Indiegogo goal, but still two new murals have gone up in the last year or so at Hayden Place.

1. Winston-Salem

The City of Arts and Innovation teems with murals, public sculpture, fountains, painted mannequins, decorative flourishes and other examples of work designed to make the city more… artsy. Winston-Salem is so committed to public art that a nonprofit organization, Art for Art’s Sake, has sprung up to further that cause, promising three public art events every year. And the city is working on an overarching public arts plan as well.

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