LENOIR, N.C. -- A 40,000-pound, 26-foot earthcast piece of art is the newest acquisition in Lenoir, which promotes itself as having the largest collection of public outdoor sculpture of any community of its size in the U.S.
Lenoir's latest acquisition is "Across the Grain," an earthcast sculpture by Thomas Sayre that weighs more than 22 tons. Earthcase is a Chinese technique of pouring concrete in a mold made in the earth.
It's now one of more than 75 sculptures in Lenoir. On Saturday, Caldwell County is holding its annual sculpture celebration at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park.
Sayre is an internationally sculptor whose earthcast pieces are placed across the country and the world, including Boston, Sacramento, Turkey, Thailand and Canada.
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