Acorn sculpture to have new home

October 23, 2016 by  

The city of Raleigh is spending over $12m to renovate the park at Moore Square, a project that makes it necessary to move a sculpture to a new location.

Moore Square is the location of an acorn, a steel artwork that weighs 1,250lb. Eight feet wide and ten feet tall, the piece is used to help celebrate the New Year in City Plaza.

Crews had planned to move the acorn from its Moore Square home to a new spot in front of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, October 11. The city invited media crews to watch the move, only to have the operation hit a snag—the acorn did not fit its new base.

According to Stacy Rexrode, Raleigh’s curator of exhibitions and collections, the hole in the acorn was exactly the same diameter as the pipe it was to slide down onto, so the two would not fit together. Crews put the acorn on a temporary base, and Jim Gallucci, the artist, created a new mount and delivered it the Wednesday morning. Crews were able to hoist the acorn into place Thursday.

The Duke Energy Center will be the acorn’s permanent home. A statue of Sir Walter Raleigh that stood there is now in front of the Raleigh Convention Center.

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