Cherished artwork leaving Raleigh’s Bluegrass Festival

September 25, 2018 by  

Raleigh’s 2018 Bluegrass Festival is on the way, and this will be the last time Banjostand will be part of the fun. The artwork will be moving to a permanent location in the Raleigh Convention Center.

During each Bluegrass Festival, the Banjostand sculpture is placed around the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh. The work was designed by Bland Hoke, an artist based in Wyoming, and is made of old banjo parts the Deering Banjo Company donated. Each year, it is assembled so that it surrounds the sculpture of Raleigh by Bruno Lucchesi.

Hoke comes to Raleigh each year for the festival, and will attend this year as well. He is looking for volunteers to help him sort, clean, and put the banjo parts together. He intends to reconfigure Banjostand into a work he calls ‘Flying Feathers’, a mobile made from banjo parts that will move into the Raleigh Convention Center permanently. Projects like this can be enhanced if managers of the venue work with a graphic design expert to create an informative display that describes the work.

The World of Bluegrass festival is now six years old, and starts today (September 25) with a convention, night club shows, and an awards ceremony. Concerts take place this Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. Hoke will disassemble Banjostand on Sunday, and work until October 6 installing the modified work at the convention center, where it will hang a full three stories.