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Furrow by Thomas Sayre
Where Are We In CLT?by Porter Metzler on June 26, 2020
Fun Fact: Wednesday, July 1 is National Gingersnap Day, arguably the biggest holiday of the year, so we thought we would pump the hype up even more by sharing the gingersnappiest looking piece of art in the Queen City.
Every time we pass this installation at the Scaleybark light rail station on South Boulevard, we can’t help but daydream about giant cookies. And no, our diet isn’t going well. Thank you for asking.
All jokes aside, these six large disks known as “Furrow” were created by Raleigh artist Thomas Sayre through a process called earthcasting, which Sayre himself developed. The process involves digging large shapes from the earth to create a mold and filling them with reinforced concrete and iron oxide.
The steel-reinforced sculptures might look thin and fragile but you don’t need to worry about them crumbling like a cookie, each 11-ton disk was designed to withstand hurricane-force winds.
According to Sayre’s website, the installation was “Inspired by the harrow disks used for centuries to cultivate farmland, the forms pay tribute to the location’s agricultural past.”
This Queen City exploration was powered by OrthoCarolina.Directions: 3750 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209