A Spire to Inspire

In April 2020, Do by Raleigh MagazineLeave a Comment

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Looking for a little fresh air while you’re socially distancing? Take a walk by Campbell University’s Law School and check out some new public art on Hillsbourgh Street. World renowned local artist, Thomas Sayre, created “Preponderance” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the law school’s first graduating class and its 10th anniversary of the law school’s move from Buies Creek to Raleigh.

Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard and artist Thomas Sayre

The idea for the installation came from Sayre, along with the Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard and art aficionado Kathy Creed, wife of Campbell University President Dr. J. Bradley Creed. “Preponderance”—named after the legal standard of evidence—soar at 22 feet tall, more than three times the height of the average person. The metal spires weigh approximately 650 pounds each (with one that’s slightly heavier to reflect the “preponderance of evidence” moniker) and are composed of stainless steel. Both are illuminated at night via a narrow beam of light projected upwards.

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