Designed by Raleigh artist Thomas Sayre, who is also behind the rings at the NCMA, “Gyre,” and “Shimmer Wall” overlooking Red Hat Amphitheater, these 73-ft metal sunflowers will frame the entry to the upcoming Gipson Play Plaza, a 18.5-acre public space for all ages.
The sunflowers will be positioned along Lake Wheeler Road and will be prominent in front of the downtown skyline. Each petal of these sunflowers will be eight to 10 feet tall and patterned with perforations.
This $2.5 million project is powered by private donations and is a collaboration between Dix Park Conservancy, Duke Energy, and Sayre. These flowers should be in service by November 2024.