The NC Museum of Art recently added the first of two new installations to its park. A large, interactive pig sculpture now resides in the Discovery Garden located just south of the amphitheater.
The pig beckons kids with its fun, cheery design. At the backside they will find a small set of stairs to gain access to the inside. During our visit, a couple of kids were sitting there in the shade reading books. When not too busy, it’s the perfect little playhouse of sorts to do so.
Once ready to exit, kids can enjoy the slide popping out of the left side. There is a warning on it to be cautious of heat as the metal could get pretty hot if the sun hits is just right. My personal warning, as a parent, heads up for any smaller children as it is a rather steep slide. My 2-1/2 year old managed it fine, but was a little startled on her first ride down. There is a small cushioned landing pad at the bottom and the entire area features rubber mulch.
The pig is a permanent part of the park while the second new installation, Jaume Plensa’s Awilda & Irma, will be on long term loan and arriving in mid April.
To celebrate both new works of art, the NC Museum of Art is hosting HOOPLA: Party in the Park on Friday, April 21st at 5pm. The Museum is also reaching out to the public to help name the pig. Use the hashtag #NCMApig to share your idea. Voting will occur during HOOPLA and announced shortly thereafter.
While at the NCMA Park, be sure to wander the trails to check out the other various sculptures spread throughout or stop by one of the museum buildings to explore or enjoy a family friendly tour.
NC Museum of Art Park
2110 Blue Ridge Road