Floraffiti Public Art Installation Returns to Raleigh

Words bloom in downtown Raleigh’s Floraffiti public art project
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Photo courtesy of Carter Hubbard

Award-winning, multi-faceted community engagement art project, Floraffiti, is back in Raleigh for the second year. Founded by artist Carter Hubbard in 2013 in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Floraffiti (a word mash-up of "flora" and "graffiti") are large-scaled words seeded out of clover in mulched areas. The words are located in prominent areas, aimed at visitors’ commonplaces, as well as in some surprising places.

In March, Raleigh community members gathered to cultivate a word-and-image bank to be planted around the city. The content for the selection of the works comes from response to existing words, cultural aspects important to the community, the relationship of the physical surroundings to the planted words, and a reflection of the current times. Those words — like "breathe," "pause" and "innovate" — and images — like flowers and arrows — are then planted by volunteer "floragardeners" to connect open spaces to encourage public interaction with the natural environment.

Check out the map below for the locations for this year’s words generated by local residents in community workshops held earlier this year. Quite often there are multiple words in one location. How many can you find with your family?

  1. Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  2. Nash Square Park (west side of park across from the fire station on Dawson Street)
  3. NC Capitol Lawn (north side, Edenton Street)
  4. Duncan Parnell (201 Glenwood Avenue)
  5. Morgan St. Traffic Circle (One on each side of the circle: 1) east and west medians in the middle of the street, and 2) on the sidewalk on the north side of Hillsborough Street traveling west)
  6. Oberlin Rd. Traffic Circle (all on circle itself near Players Retreat close to the intersection of Oberlin Road and Hillsborough Street)
  7. Corner of Hillsborough and Enterprise Street.
  8. NCSC Campus (north side of Hillsborough Street at the Brooks Avenue Circle; across Hillsborough Street on the south side in the median between the service road and the bus stop are, just east of the Horticulture building)
  9. and 10. BONUS: There have been two special Floraffiti® plantings this year not included on the map for your treasure hunting delight!

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance says this is probably the peak week for the plants, but they should stay green through the month. As a reminder, please exercise caution at all times when searching out the Floraffiti® plantings and be aware of traffic at all times, especially with children in tow. The plantings should stay green through the end of the month.


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