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PCC Cuts Ribbon on New Campus Sculpture

Adam Walls (second from left) prepares to cut the ribbon on a sculpture he designed for the PCC campus as PCC welding instructor Keith Kinlaw, PCC President G. Dennis Massey and Winterville Chamber of Commerce officer Brooke Miller, left to right, look on.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College cut the ribbon last week on a new campus sculpture built by fine arts students and their counterparts from the Construction and Industrial Technology Division.

Designed by Adam Walls, a UNC-Pembroke professor and well-known artist in the Southeast, the sculpture was introduced to the public Tuesday, during a special ceremony that took place between the Kathryn V. Whichard Building and PCC Police Department.

Made of fabricated steel painted bright red and standing 15 feet tall, “Red Core” is part of Walls’ “Core” series, which references growth, according to PCC Associate of Fine Arts instructor Matt Amante. “Red Core,” he said, represents “a seed giving life or sprouting new growth from its core.”

With the addition of “Red Core,” Amante says PCC now has five campus sculptures, including works designed by East Carolina University professor Hanna Jubran, retired ECU professor Carl Billingsley, and former ECU grad student Matt Harding.

Amante, who has also designed a sculpture at PCC, says “Red Core” is the final result of the college’s third “Sustainable Sculpture Project.” He says the efforts involve students from several programs combining their talents to produce works of art that enhance the campus landscape.

“Completing projects like this needs collaboration between many people,” Amante said. “It involves students, faculty, an artist, a supportive administration, and a community with an interest in the fine arts.”

Amante added that the projects offer students valuable hands-on training and a unique learning experience.

“Without an open mind and willingness to try something that may be new to us, things like this typically do not happen,” he said. “I am happy to be part of this project and a college and community that are supportive."

Amante noted that Walls, who participated in 20 public art exhibitions a year ago, has been featured in “Sculpture” magazine, a leading art publication published by the International Sculpture Consortium.