We started the Couch to 5K running program at the beginning of August, to change up our routine and see some art we headed over to the NC Art Museum’s Art in the Park trial system. Hidden along the trail are beautiful contemporary art sculptures.
Our favorite piece was Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky by Chris Drury. An incredible optic experience, if you sit inside for a few minutes on a bright day, shadows of the trees outside slowly become viable on the floor and walls of the dark chamber. Such a fantastic experience of nature and patience.
We also enjoyed Whisper Bench by Jim Galluchi. It takes two people to interact with this art – one sits on a bright yellow curly-Q bench and speaks softly into a megaphone that sweetly carries your words underground to the 2nd bench. This also works well to fool doggies into being the RCA dog.
The sculptures at the NC Art Museum was one of the things that enchanted us and made us fall in love with Raleigh. We are so lucky to have such a great resource right here in our own backyard. I will never get over the soaring curves of Gyre by Thomas Sayre. It is a beautiful feat of human melding with nature and leaving an indelible stamp of progress.
More than seeing super cool art, we got in a great workout. We run/walked nearly 2 miles of the trail in less than an hour – see our route. After 3 weeks of running, I might not be able to out run a fast zombie yet, but I can run for more than 3 minutes at a time.