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The natural beauty of the foothills might have been sculpted by nature, but the folks sure crafted the details that make Lenoir and Caldwell County a place of unique happenings and special surprises.
Caldwell Arts Council's offers a collection of almost 80 publicly-displayed sculptures, most of which are outdoors for anyone to enjoy at any time of day. Not only has this unique collection of art become a major attraction and point of pride for the area, it has also brought some national attention. In 2006, then N.C. Secretary of Cultural Resources Libba Evans announced that Lenoir had more public sculpture per capita than any community of its size in the United States. In addition, the Sculpture Celebration and the permanent collection have been featured in North Carolina’s Our State magazine, on a UNC-TV special, noted in the Orlando Sentinel, and dubbed by the Charlotte Observer as the place “where sculpture reigns”.
The Sculpture Celebration is a featured annual highlight every September with diverse pieces from throughout the southeast. The Celebration brings the sculptors, their art and public together for a day-long family event in the T.H. Broyhill walking park. An oriental-inspired botanical garden with a lake, waterfowl, trees and flowers.
Remember - even if you miss the Sculpture Celebration art can be found throughout Lenoir and Caldwell County every day of the year.