Tradition Cornerstone

The Downtown Greenway Public Art Selection Panel selected Harries and Héder Collaborative to create the next public art Cornerstone commission for the Downtown Greenway.  The “Tradition Cornerstone”, the second of four major cornerstones is one of the four anchors for the four-mile Greenway and is located on the corner of West Smith and Prescott Streets in downtown Greensboro.

Harries and Héder Collaborative is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has created and installed public art around the world.  Click here to read more about their background, and to visit their website, click here.

Fabrication of the cornerstone called Meeting Place began over the summer of 2013 and was installed in April 2014.  Jim Gallucci, a local sculptor, has been working with Harries and Héder to create the metal work that will be part of the Tradition Cornerstone and Ian Gamble from Elsewhere Artists Collaborative created the benches and tables in Meeting Place.  Here are some photos of the artist’s sketches, fabrication and completed piece:

Click here to view all the photos of fabrication, construction and installation. The first Public Orchard in Greensboro was planted at the Tradition Cornerstone on March 1 & 2, 2014. The design and installation was led by Dr. Charlie Headington, Permaculture teacher and practitioner of over 25 years. The orchard consists of 17 fruit trees, 30 shrubs and over 1000 understory plantings. Click here for pictures of all the native plants and trees located at Meeting Place and stop by to explore the Edible Orchard located at the corner of Prescott and West Smith Streets. Members and friends of the Greensboro Permaculture Guild assisted in the planting, using only Permaculture practices. The Public Orchard and native North Carolina plantings by New Garden Nursery will serve the citizens of Greensboro for years to come. Click here to find out more about permaculture gardening.

will kimmell The bike rack has been installed on the Tradition Cornerstone site. Guilford College art student, Will Kimmel, created Bike Forest. Read more about Will’s background.

Volunteers are helping to maintain the edible orchard at Meeting Place at Tradition Cornerstone. Weekly volunteer groups meet to weed, prune, and water through the fall with the guidance of local expert organic gardener Charlie Headington. Interested in volunteering? Contact Laura Lorenz at or 336.387.8355.

volunteers working with charlie