Durham in Continuum - Durham SmART Corcoran Garage Art Banner Wrap


Title: Durham in Continuum - full view daytime from southeast corner
Photo Credit: Roylee DuVall
Lead Artist(s):
Olalekan Jeyifous http://vigilism.com [email protected]


The vibrant Corcoran Garage Art Wrap- “Durham in Continuum” - creates a monumental signature gateway for the Blackwell/Corcoran/Foster SmART Corridor in downtown Durham, NC. This is the first public art work of the Durham SmART Vision Plan. The work is designed by nationally recognized public artist Olalekan (LEk) Jeyifous, who was selected from a competitive national field of applicants. LEk’s design is a colorful and joyous interpretation of the architectural, historic and iconic elements of the historic district corridor and focuses on activating and transforming the visual experience between the American Tobacco and City Center Districts. “Durham in Continuum” instantly added color, life and a visual icon to a previously distressed intersection.The design serves to illuminate history, change, and community through abstract, non-hierarchical snapshots of the past, the present, and future of this area of the city. Local vendors Steel City Services, LLC, and Mosca Design were key partners in fabrication and installation of the custom steel suspension system and 12 façade mesh banners. The Durham SmART Initiative is part of the North Carolina Arts Council’s statewide SmART Initiative which supports the transformation of downtowns through arts driven economic development. The Durham Arts Council is the project’s lead local agency, with the N.C. Arts Council supporting creative placemaking along this rapidly-transforming downtown corridor. Major funders and partners also include the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant, the City of Durham, Durham County, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Duke University, Downtown Durham, Inc., Nasher Museum of Art, Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Durham Area Designers. The SmART Initiative Resource Team of local, regional and state partners worked with internationally acclaimed designer Mikyoung Kim along with downtown stakeholders to create the SmART Vision Plan - a multi-year, $10 million public art and urban design strategy - unveiled in June 2015. www.smartdurham.org.


Parking Garage
Public Space
The site for the “Durham in Continuum” Art Banner Wrap is a 6-level parking garage owned by the City of Durham, located on the corner of Corcoran and Ramseur Streets in downtown Durham. The deck was constructed in 1964 and is a contributing structure to the downtown historic district. The project included the installation of twelve new original art panels that wrap around the exterior south and southeast facades of this large parking structure.
Ramseur & Corcoran Streets Intersection, downtown Durham
110 E. Corcoran Street
Durham, NC 27701
United States

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Durham Arts Council, Inc. www.durhamarts.org [email protected]
North Carolina Arts Council www.ncarts.org [email protected]
National Endowment for the Arts https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction [email protected]
City of Durham https://durhamnc.gov/ [email protected]
Durham County https://www.dconc.gov/ [email protected]
Sherry L. DeVries, Executive Director, Durham Arts Council

www.durhamarts.org www.smartdurham.org

[email protected]
Durham Arts Council
Mosca Design - printing and installation of art wrap banners


Aaron Mosca

Steel City Services - design and fabrication of custom steel suspension system


JD McQueen at Steel City Services, llc
Mosca Design
Steel City Services
Olalekan Jeyifous vigilism.com [email protected]
Jean Greer [email protected]

Banner, Digital, Gateway, Mural
Panels, Textile/Fiber Art
Art banners are digitally printed from digital design files supplied by the artist onto 70% nylon mesh. 12 banner panels, each 456" x 168" Banners are suspended on custom designed steel structure including rods inserted in banner rod pockets at top, bottom and sides.