(New Hanover County, N.C.) – Wander over to Airlie Gardens this Spring & Summer to experience the transformed stainless steel of artists Gary Caldwell and Holly Felice’s garden sculptures. From butterflies & beetles, to wildflowers & willows, these larger than life pieces are sure to amaze all who visit!
A Sculpted Garden consists of more than a dozen sculptures ranging in size from less than three feet to more than six feet tall. With a mixture of bugs, flowers, and trees, this exhibit will change how you view stainless steel forever. Gary and Holly have created truly fantastical, one-of-a-kind pieces of art that are premiering here at Airlie Gardens! Through a natural process of heating stainless steel, gorgeous iridescent colors are brought out of the metal, including cobalt blues, burnished bronze, and coal black. These beautiful colors are permanent and require little maintenance, so the sculptures are appropriate for display inside or out in a garden!
Guests can expect to find the sculptures placed throughout the gardens and will have an interactive scavenger hunt to add to the fun! The exhibit will be free with garden admission and are available for viewing from May 19 to September 28 during regular hours of operation.
“We are so excited to share with the community the fabulous work of these artists,” Tara Duckworth, director of Parks & Gardens said. “Our hope is that visitors will be amazed at how stainless can be transformed into something magical.”
About the Artists:
Gary Caldwell & Holly Felice have been collaborating on various artworks and exhibits for several years. Through the combination of their two unique approaches, their partnership has continued to grow and has now led to their debut show of large-scale public art. Holly has eight years of sculptural experience and a BFA in sculpture, while Gary brings 30 years of artistic expression to the merger as well as his unique style of working with stainless steel.