Walk through Downtown Valdese and discover our Public Art!
Village Park Mural • 452 Main Street East
Artist Clive Haynes’ thirty by ninety foot mural, painted on the side of a building depicts images of the Italian village where the Waldensians lived until they moved to North Carolina.
Other scenes on the mural show the earliest settlement in Valdese, founded in 1893, and the transformation into a vibrant community.
The Valdese Village Park Mural is a stunning outdoor painting and small picnic park on Main Street in Valdese. Spanning the depth of the building and visually integrated adjoining landscaping,this
beautiful and unique monument to the history of Valdese includes depictions of the town’s attractions and 51 “hidden” objects awaiting discovery by children of all ages.
Three Graces • Centennial Park • 109 Main Street East
The Three Graces were put in place by the Public Arts Commission. The bronze, aluminum, and copper structure represents beauty, mirth, and good cheer.
The three sculptures exhibit the same geometry of form but have different size, materials, and texture that responds to each change of light and atmosphere.
The Arrival • 102 Massel Avenue
In honor of Valdese celebrating 125 years (in 2018) since their founding in 1893, the Valdese Public Arts Commission and the Town of Valdese have come together to create a commemorative art piece that is located across from Valdese Town Hall on Massel Avenue. The art installation depicts the arrival of the original Waldensian settlers who came to Valdese on May 29th, 1893 as they departed the “No. 11” train at the Valdese Depot.The installation was created by the artists of Oak Hill Iron & Wood of Morganton and was designed by local artist Greg Mastin. The project features a full scale train and silhouettes of original settlers made out of iron. Standing fifteen feet tall and extending parallel to Massel Avenue for over thirty feet, the installation will honor those who founded Valdese. The original settlers are listed on a bronze plaque at the base of the sculpture. The art installation also features a Train Depot Gazebo & Boardwalk that is perfect for relaxing during a pretty day.
125th Anniversary Mural • 100 Main Street West
This mural created by Tom and Casey Kilgore of CK Paints, depicts a Waldensian Family and their home in the Cottian Alps, which is where the Original Settlers of Valdese traveled from to make Valdese their home. This mural was created for the 125th Anniversary of the Town of Valdese.