“Fayetteville to the Moon” art sculpture added to downtown
An art installation in downtown Fayetteville aims to help people look beyond themselves.
Between the Headquarters Library and the Segra Stadium at Festival Park Plaza, “Fayetteville to the Moon” is an interactive art sculpture by Virginia artist William Bennett.
The art installation is made of wood, aluminum, reflective plastic, sunlight and stone.
The sculpture, which was installed earlier this month, depicts a circular drum that anchors the room to the ground. From the base is a ladder that leads to a crescent moon. Surrounding the room is a walkway allowing viewers to walk around and look inside the center depicting the constellation of Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius, and Pegasus.
Spectators can interact with the piece by rotating the structure.
Bennett said the piece is part of an ongoing series of interactive sculptures.
“These are all sculptures that are interactive and have moving parts and invite the viewer to become part of the sculpture in some way rather than something that only needs to be viewed from a distance,” he said. “I like to think of the spectator as both spectator/participant.”
The point of “Fayetteville to the Moon”, according to Bennett, is to get people out of themselves.
“The sculpture points to something outside of us, to the moon, to the stars, to the planets,” he said. “We are in Fayetteville, we are here but we are part of a big world and so this sculpture shows it.”
For Bennett, the piece is more poetic.
“It brings together different ideas and images,” he said. “Some basic things that are quite important to me is that there is a connection with the earth and the sky.”
The art installation was presented on January 4 in partnership with the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council.
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Bennett recently retired from teaching sculpture at the University of Virginia after 42 years. He said he would like to focus on making more public art.
“I really like the idea of working in a public space,” he said. “There is an exchange between me and the public, and it’s not hidden in a gallery; it’s not hidden in a private house or a museum, but it’s for everyone. Everyone can to see him.”
Bennett said he hoped the play would be memorable for his viewers.
“Hopefully this will maybe remind us of our past and the days when we weren’t so attached to our screens, and it’s a chance to physically interact with something that someone has done and j hope they feel the care,” he said.
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