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Vernon Pratt Sculpture

The sculpture occupying the courtyard space on the south side of the Durham Arts Council building is titled “All the Possibilities of Stacking up to Two3 to Sit On,” a commissioned piece by artist Vernon Pratt. The title and the date of completion are engraved on the flat center stone, which is the beginning of the sculpture — the full cube on the terrace is the final element of the piece. Meant to be a piece that the public can interact with, visitors are welcome to move on and around the stone blocks — children from school groups visiting the Durham Arts Council, or attending one of our day camps, can often be spotted playing on the sculpture, leapfrogging and jumping from block to block.

The piece was originally planned for the opening of the renovated Durham Arts Council building in 1988. It was also seen as a prelude to the public art conference which was held in the spring of 1989. The Durham Arts Council received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council to put out a call and commission a piece for the exterior of the building, prior to the renovation. Jean McLaughlin, who was with the North Carolina Arts Council at the time, assisted with the call process and panel review. Vernon Pratt’s design was ultimately selected for installation. The work reflects Pratt’s interest in geometric progression. The granite used in the piece was obtained from the Mt. Airy quarry. Andrew Preiss was on the team that did the installation. The piece was dedicated in September 1988. Pratt later spoke on a panel of the 1989 public art conference about the piece.