The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park features sixteen of the late Vollis Simpson's art located in Historic Downtown Wilson. A total of 31 whirligigs will be featured in the park among it's completion in 2016. His works are displayed at the Wilson Rose Garden, the Hickory Grove Park and throughout downtown Wilson street corners. Simpson's welded and painted constructions are monumental in scale and are also exhibited at The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; The Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD at the inner harbor; as well as Russia, London, California, Canada and New York. Simpson has been featured in several publications, including The New York Times, Sign and Symbol, People, Newsweek, Time Magazine, American Style, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Readers Digest and others. He has also been featured in several books. He was honored by the Governor with the prestigious North Carolina Award in 2011. Vollis Simpson passed away in 2013.
DIRECTIONS: Exit 121 to Historic Downtown Wilson. Come and visit the Whirligig Park Conservatory Headquarters to see how the "Whirligigs" are being transformed. The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park has erected five of the thirty one structures located downtown at the corner of South/Douglas & Goldsboro Streets. Please come by the Wilson Visitors Center prior to your visit located at 209 Broad Street.
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A new two-acre public sculpture garden in downtown Wilson is planned for the permanent conservation and enjoyment of the largest collection of whirligigs created by folk artist Vollis Simpson. The creation and development of the Whirligig Park will be a catalyst for cultural economic development for Eastern NC and will transform Wilson's downtown. It will contribute to the revitalization efforts and anchor the development of the arts district in downtown. The park will be a major destination for cultural travelers worldwide and a unique gathering place offering a public green space for Wilson. Opening 2016 www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org