Selected Cabarrus County Courthouse Artist; installation starts soon

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CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – A folk art studio whose work is set up across the country has been selected to bring a scrolling installation to the new Cabarrus Courthouse.

Woven Scroll, a concept submitted by RE:Texas-based site, is expected to be installed by November.

The proposal was selected from a group of 77 submissions which were narrowed down to three. The artistic committee then conducted hour-long interviews with each of the three finalists before selecting Re:site, which was founded by Norman Lee and Shane Albritton.

“Justice has often been symbolized in courthouses by scales, a blindfolded woman, the gavel and the sword, but we wanted to offer new images that connect with people in a new way,” says the RE:site proposal. “We rely on another ancient symbol of justice, the scroll. The scrolls speak of learning and knowledge, and this true justice demands that we continue to learn as our lives unfold. This dynamic form speaks to how the law is made and remade by people in their own historical context.

The design features thousands of individually hand-wrapped colored steel wire sections that are stacked vertically and suspended by a network of stainless steel cable wraps. The hand-wrapped segments suggest how yarn is wound onto spools during weaving.

The facility will consist of 450 to 500 sections, each 12 feet in length.

woven parchment evokes a long quilt being unrolled, a tapestry being woven, and a scroll being unrolled,” the proposal reads. “This dynamic form hangs above visitors as they enter the courthouse lobby. This double gesture of unfolding and weaving is a rich metaphor for learning, knowledge and inclusive justice.

“I don’t think we could have made a better choice,” said curator Lynn Shue, who served on the artwork selection committee.

Other Re:Site works include the Fallen Five Memorial in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Never Forget 9/11 Monument in Cornelius, NC.

Also this month, Commissioners:

• Heard an update on the Northeast Region Library, Senior Center and Park Complex planned for Mt. Pleasant. Regional Manager Kyle Bilafer provided detailed information on community engagement and cost estimation processes for the planned installation. Bilafer said officials discussed several aspects of the project, including the layout of the building and sports grounds. According to Deputy County Executive Rodney Harris, the project will go through several months of design work, with a tendering process expected in the first part of 2023.

• Heard final information on the fire district realignment to improve medical and emergency fire response times for approximately 1,500 homes between Harrisburg and Midland in southern Cabarrus County. Cabarrus County Fire and Emergency Management Director Steve Langer said his office provided updated maps to the state fire marshal. The commissioners added the approval of the fire tax district ordinance to the consents agenda for approval at the next meeting. Once approved, the change will take effect July 1.

The regular meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the Government Center in downtown Concord.

Keep up to date with these and all county initiatives by visiting www.cabarruscounty.us and following the county of Cabarrus to facebook.com/cabarruscounty and on Twitter @CabarrusCounty.

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