Moore Co. Public Art
Moore County, NC has as much charm, history, livability, and spirit as any other place in the country. It has long been a destination for health benefits, literary enlightenment, and the ultimate challenge in golf. Moore County is becoming more known for its arts and cultural offerings too. Adding to the unique experiences is the increase in public art installations, such as the murals in Carthage and Southern Pines, or the Patrick Dougherty sculpture at Sandhills Community College Gardens.
Interested in displaying your art or being a part of our vibrant art community here in Moore County? Please visit The Arts Council of Moore County website.
Visit, Observe or Join in with Artist at the Artist League of the Sandhills . Get creative with various art forms at Art Works Vass they have many classes that can come to you or you can join in with the plethora of classes already going on. Interested in Pottery or glass? Discover Seagrove has a list of all the potters and events in the Seagrove area. Starworks is a creative learning community committed to growing a new rural economy based on the sustainable use of the natural and cultural resources of the region. They recently created our glass blown pinecones for our CVB Pinecone Pathways Project.
Or are you more of the paint and wine kind we have a local Wine & Design just for you!
214 N. Poplar St.
Artists: Local Business owners
Take a stroll around beautiful historic Aberdeen and you will find 11 fire hydrants painted as superheroes. in collaboration with the Aberdeen Fire & Rescue Department they decided to take their updated painting of the fire hydrants to a whole new level. Town businesses worked together in a contest to see who could paint the best superhero. Will you find them all?
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1 Carolina Vista Dr
Artist: Lucy Currier Richards
This bronze sculpture was created by Lucy Currier Richards in 1910 located near Pinehurst Resort’s club house near the putting green. This statue is often rubbed for good luck by golf competitors.
According to Pinehurst Country Club former historian, Paul Dunn:
The legendary “Putter Boy” sundial statue, which has served as the well-known trademark of Pinehurst area golf since 1910.The artist who created it did so at the suggestion of Gertrude Ware Sise Tufts, the wife of the club president, Leonard Tufts. Her name was Lucy Currier Richards. Gertrude and Lucy were close friends. Lucy’s inspiration for the statue was Pinehurst’s “Golf Lad,” who appeared in early advertising and on calendars sent each year to guests and travel agents to promote the resort. When she received the commission to do the work, Richards was a prominent Boston sculptor (or sculptress, as women who worked with clay were called in those days).
She had studied at the Boston Museum School, and in Europe with Krops in Dresden, Enstritz in Berlin, and at the Académie Julian, when Thomas Hart Benton, Henri Matisse, Diego Rivera and Edward Steichen also attended. Her bronzes were exhibited at the 1912 Chicago Art Institute and the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition.
The archives of the Roman Bronze Works (which was located in Brooklyn, New York, from 1899 until 1977) show that Lucy Richards made one bronze casting of a “Golf Boy Sun Dial” on Aug. 5, 1910. This could be the one she presented to the Tuftses. Today at the club, one may purchase replicas in various sizes and materials. Winners of club events are often presented trophies of the famous lad.
Lucy died Aug. 31, 1919, and was buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, a national landmark in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On July 30, 1947, her second husband, Frank Wilson, moved her remains to Belfast, Maine, where the two are buried side by side.
Utility Billing Office (formerly the public library)
180 SW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC
Artist: N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945)
3 paintings, created as illustrations for James Boyd’s novel Drums, were gifted to the town by his wife, Katharine Boyd.
Learn more about the Wyeth Family
Artist: Patrick Dougherty
Size: 50′ by 35′ by 14′
Materials: Willow from Ramea Phytotechnologies, Quebec
Location: Sandhills Community College at 555 Lindbergh Pl., Pinehurst, NC
Artist Description: Kousa dogwood is one of my favorite flowering trees and was the inspiration for the design of this installation. We started with the idea of three of its flowers as a footprint. We proceeded by expanding the petals upward to build walls and towers. The result is a series of three towers and twelve supported rooms for visitors to explore. More Information can be found on this link.
Watch the video about Patrick Dougherty
Location: Sandhills Community College
555 Lindbergh Pl.
During the 50th anniversary of Sandhills Community College celebration, Dee Johnson, Coordinator of the Landscape Gardening Department during that time
was honored for her 17 years of service to the Department with a bronze sculpture of a young girl with her dog titled, “The Dog Ate My Homework.” The statue which is placed in the Hoad Children’s Garden.
More about the Dog Eating her homework
87 Cherokee Rd
Village of Pinehurst, NC
This iconic statue is located right in the heart of the Village of Pinehurst. This is a popular place for people to take selfies.
Learn more about Donald Ross
105 N. McNeill Street
Carthage, NC 28327
Artist: Dan Dryer
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Carthage has always been home to many wonderful people…both those native born and those who chose to make Carthage their home. Landmarks and Legacies celebrates some of those folks and tells the story of Fry and Prickett Funeral Home, the longest continuously operating business in Carthage. The mark an individual leaves on the world represents their legacy and the place represents the landmark. Fry and Prickett Funeral Home continues the tradition of being “Committed to the families in our Community”. We’re proud to share these Carthage stories. For more information click here
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104 McReynolds St
Artist: Scott Nurkin
Carthage is proud to have been the home of the Tyson & Jones Buggy Co. (1850-1929), the largest carriage manufacturing factory in the South. In 1876, the company produced 400 buggies, and in 1890, its most prosperous year, the factory produced 3,000 buggies and had more than 100 employees. The popularity of the automobile led to the demise of the company in 1925. The town hosts the Carthage Buggy Festival on the 2nd Saturday in May each year to celebrate the former Carthage business. Find the hidden objects painted in this mural: Buggy, Key, Clock, Bird, Skull & Crossbones.
107 Monroe St.
“The Water Tanks” is on the wall of the Kramer Building at 107 Monroe Street. The elevated tank was built in 1913 and the stove pipe tank was built about 1920. The water tanks were important to Carthage and the surrounding areas not just to hold water, but as signals of information. When the iconic siren whistle on the towering tank legs sounded at 12 noon on weekdays, it was the town clerk saying “lunch time” for workers, townspeople, courthouse visitors, shopkeepers and all who were nearby. The siren whistle could be heard miles out of town. The siren also blew when a fire was reported, bringing our volunteer firemen to the firehouse! The Carthage water tanks were widely known to be a pilot’s first visual flight reference when flying out of the Moore County (formerly Knollwood) Airport. The iconic water tanks, in later years bearing the town’s buggy logo, had been gone since 2018, but now they are back!
104 McNeill St.
Tobacco and tobacco growers put North Carolina on the map during the 1900’s. Tobacco was king and the Town of Carthage was surrounded by tobacco farms. Tobacco farms supported families who supported the town. Tobacco folks always took a lot of pride in growing a good crop! In the fall, tobacco crops were sold here at the Victory and McConnell warehouses, bringing the farmers, tobacco company buyers and auctioneers to town. Tobacco farming was “a way of life”…hard, honest work, where neighbors helped neighbors and everyone worked together: old and young, men, women and children. Tobacco farms provided summer jobs for many town kids growing up. Tobacco crops bought school clothes, paid for first cars and college educations. Find the hidden objects painted in this mural: Knife, Smiley, Star, Key, Sun, Rabbit, Shark.
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205 Monroe St
James Rogers McConnell, who grew up in Carthage, N.C., flew for France in the Lafayette Escadrille during World War I before the United States joined the war. An adventurous spirit, he said, “These Sand Hills will be here forever, but the war won’t; and so I’m going.” The 30-year-old pilot was killed in action during aerial combat with two German planes, shot down above the Somme battlefields. McConnell is buried in a meadow between the villages of Flavy-le-Martel and Jussy in Aisne, France. A museum and the monument honoring him, given by the French government, is now located at the McConnell-Gilliam Airport and a monument honoring him given by US Congress is also here on the Moore County Courthouse lawn. In March 2018, the Town of Carthage signed a declaration becoming the official sister city to the French village of Flavy-le-Martel. Find the hidden objects painted in this mural: Key, Buggy, Elvis, Snake, Cross.
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110 W. South St.
Aberdeen, NC 28315
Artist: Chris Dalton
Located behind the Aberdeen post office; this mural is a must see. At 67 feet in length the mural showcases Aberdeen’s past to present celebrating the town’s Scottish roots and rich railroad history.
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114 Knight St
The Rooster mural is located on the building of the Neon Rooster (formerly known as The Rooster’s Wife), a popular night spot in Aberdeen for live music. This mural is a true nod to music in the modern identity of historic downtown Aberdeen.
203 W South St
Artist/Restored: Jack Fralin
Restored in: 2012
As part of Coca Colas mission to restore “ghost” murals restored in 2012 by Virginian Muralist, Hack Fralin.
1606 Sandhills Blvd
Artist: Lacy Crime Art
Located on the Furniture of the Pines building this inspiring mural reminds us to be “fearless.” The mural emanates patriotic values and is a reminder to be courageous with strong values. You are encouraged to take your picture with this mural.
1608 N Sandhills Blvd
Artist: Lacey Crime, Veteran and wife of active duty military.
Located on the building of The Cigar Shop this mural portrays common scenes of the area including golf, a large military presence, American Flag and classic rocking chairs. The Cigar Shop mural incorporates our Patriotism, Golf, and Home of the Airborne; all things that make the Sandhills who we are. The iconic rockers from Pinehurst, The Clock, all protected by our brave soldiers and Airborne troops from Ft Bragg who live on our area. Being retired military it was important for the Cigar Shop Manager to bring that regional history to life in our mural. The mural is Interactive; meaning you can look like you are in the mural when you are just simply posing next to it. They offer special promotions with this mural, contact The Cigar Shop for more information.
315 Red Hill Rd
Cameron, NC 28326
Artist: David Ellis
Featured in publications like Atlas Obscura and Strange Carolinas these unusual collection of murals painted on old tobacco barns are an unusual choice of canvas. The artist is from the small community of Cameron who wanted to pay homage to his roots. Ellis now has a long list of accomplishments. These murals are aged and decaying with only a handful left, but worth a drive to our beautiful countryside to see a unique twist on traditional murals. This was the first public art project by the Arts Council of Moore County.
11 E. Salisbury St.
This mural of twin brothers, Ron & Don Marley, commemorates their induction into the North Carolina USSSA Hall of Fame for slow pitch softball. It was painted by artist Scott Nurkin and installed in 2022. Brothers Ron and Don Marley, identical twins born in 1947, have shared a unique bond their whole lives. You can often see the twins around Robbins, usually dressed alike! More can be read on WRAL.
Double Play, learn more about the Twins
105 S Middleton St
Robbins, NC 27325
Artist: Hunt Cole, Restored by Scott Nurkin
The Astronaut Mural was originally painted by Elizabethtown muralist Hunt Cole. In 2016 this mural was restored by Scott Nurkin. it’s a tribute to Charles E. Brady Jr. (1951-2006). Brady grew up in Robbins and specialized in sports medicine before joining the U.S. Navy. There, he became a flight surgeon and was selected for NASA’s astronaut program. He spent a record-breaking 16 days in space in 1996.
Robbins and Moore County salute our Astronaut Capt. Charles E. Brady, Jr MD. STS-78 launched on June 20, 1996 and landed 16 days and 21 hours later on July 7, 1996, becoming the longest Space Shuttle mission to date (later that year the STS-80 mission broke that record by nineteen hours). The Life and Microgravity Spacelab mission served as a model for future studies on board the International Space Station.
The main part of mural is based off of the official crew photo authorized by NASA. Mural also has the mission STS-78 logo, medical emblem representing his MD status and amateur radio call sign N4BQW.
375 SE Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Artist: Nick Napoletano
Encompassing the Spirit of Southern Pines, this Napoletano ART original piece of art was finished in December 2022.
The town of Southern Pines is proud of its newest mural that pays tribute to the long history of equestrian pursuits in Moore County, NC. The art was created by mural artist Nick Napoletano who stated that his design is a “nod to the critical role horses have played in Southern Pines, from the Native Americans to our modern residents.” The mural is located in downtown Southern Pines at 375 South Broad Street and adorns the building that houses Scott’s Table restaurant, Sunny Side Up Tanning & Boutique and other small businesses. The building is owned by local businessman Steve Harbour.
According to Napoletano, “the world is really a beautiful place, and hopefully this mural reminds people that we can find beauty in unusual corners of our towns, and our cities and our planet.” Other details of the mural include two birds carrying strings that when examined more closely are actually unraveling DNA strands. The birds represent the parents of Steve Harbour, who passed the building onto their children.
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145 W Pennsylvania Ave
Artist: David Woronoff and staffers at The Pilot Newspaper
Painted: After September 11, 2001
Located on the building of The Pilot Newspaper, this mural was painted after the fateful day, September 11, 2001.
1012 N. May Street
Artist: Pinecrest High School Art Club (Christine Wilson, art teacher)
This mural was completed by Pinecrest High School Art Club students and took 2 years to complete. It was started in 2018 and completed in 2020 just before Covid closed the school. Because of the pandemic, it was treated and stored for 2 more years and it was finally installed and revealed in 2022. The inspiration really came from the location of the mural. Since Moore Equine Feed & Pet Supply is located where downtown transitions to horse country, we wanted to demonstrate the connection between the two areas. The mural embodies the quaint feeling of downtown Southern Pines and transitions to the beautiful essence of pictorial pastures, native animals such as Whitetail deer, Fox squirrel, Downy woodpecker, Pileated woodpecker, and a Red fox. The mural culminates with a huntsman and foxhounds representing the famed Moore County Hounds.
See it here
Artist: Joseph Presser
Painted: 1943 for the Treasury Section of Fine Arts
Painted as part of the New Deal in 1943 for the Treasury Section of Fine Art. This oil on canvas is located in the lobby area of the Southern Pines Post Office. The Southern Pines post office was completed during the Depression with funds provided by the federal government.
250 NW Broad Street
Artist: Jeffrey D. Mims, Restored Paul Brown
Painted: Early 1980s, Restored Early 1990s
Painted in the early 1980s by Jeffrey D. Mims and restored in the early 1990s by Paul Brown. This iconic façade is in many pictures when photographing Southern Pines for its aesthetic charm.
Visit the Sunrise
3736 US-1 BUS
Vass, NC 28394
Painted in: 2012
A series of murals painted on warehouses along the railroad tracks in Vass, NC, which can be seen from Highway 1 Business. The murals highlight the farm animals and equestrian life of the region.
750 SW Broad St
Artist: Alex DeLarge and Lucy
Paying tribute to the community.
All murals were done by Alex DeLarge (@alxdlrg) and Luce Phung (@1ucysushi). Alex is from Charlotte NC and many of his murals can be found scattered around the NODA section of charlotte. he travels for mural work. Lucy specializes in creating custom paintings, portraits, illustrations, and murals.
Visit the Murals
The old Cornwallis Service Station on Hwy. 27 in Carthage, NC. The building is now a thrift store. Notable because of the vintage-style Coca-Cola mural it features. Something of a local landmark.
Artist: Louis Grady Jr.
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