Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Opens in Wilson
The colorful Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park opened in Wilson Nov. 2.
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
A new, 2-acre destination park in downtown Wilson filled with kinetic, colorful whirligigs created by North Carolina’s own folk artist, Vollis Simpson, officially opened Nov. 2 at 301 Goldsboro Street South. The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park features 30 large-scale works created from recycled and salvaged parts and are associated with the region’s cultural identity.
The North Carolina Arts Council, led by Executive Director Wayne Martin, worked with the City of Wilson to create the park, which has already spurred $25 million in private investment toward improving Wilson’s historic downtown. “It has been a privilege for the North Carolina Arts Council to partner with the City of Wilson, local community leaders and generous funders to preserve the work of artist Vollis Simpson and utilize his legacy to benefit Wilson and eastern North Carolina,” Martin says. “As the pilot community for the Arts Council’s SmART Initiative program, Wilson has become a national model for how to use the arts to revitalize downtowns, create jobs and increase tourism.” Learn more at wilsonwhirligigpark.org.