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Sir Walter Raleigh Banjo Stand

 

Banjo Stand

 

In 2014, the City of Raleigh’s Office of Raleigh Arts commissioned Wyoming artist Bland Hoke to create a temporary public art project in conjunction with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) annual World of Bluegrass Week. Using over 500 necks and nearly 150 pots from off-spec components collected over 12 years from Deering Banjos, Bland created a 20-foot tall sculptural installation surrounding the city’s Bruno Luchessi bronze sculpture of Sir Walter Raleigh.  

 

Titled Banjostand, the installation’s location is a popular gathering point for impromptu jam sessions and selfies.  Since its debut, its popularity as a destination site for Wide Open Bluegrass has grown with the addition of such functional and programmatic details as a photo contest; Sir Walter’s own customized 12-foot long banjo; a wheelchair-accessible ramp; flash-mob banjo playing; and sunrise yoga.