When the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation donated 30 works by french sculptor Auguste Rodan to the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh, it gave the museum the largest collection of works by Rodan between Philadelphia and the West Coast.
The Rodan Garden, outside the West Building, is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the sculptures. The reflecting pond, with its lily pads, are quite beautiful. An added benefit is the garden rarely has more than one or two people, so you can enjoy the day in peace.
Gyre is a sculpture by North Carolina artist Thomas Sayre. The three huge rings were created on site in 1999, using reinforced concrete. Circular trenches were dug, the reinforcements were placed and the concrete was poured. Once the concrete was dry and cured, the rings were lifted into place by crane. You can still see the circular depressions where the rings were formed before being raised in place.
Gyre is one of the centerpieces of the NC Art Museum Park. The sculpture is especially striking when, beginning at sunset, the rings are illuminated by flood lights. It’s quite a sight.