SEEK RALEIGH is a temporary public art program that engages artists to use unique, non-traditional interiors, structures, and outdoor spaces for site-specific, performative and participatory installations and experiences.
Attendees will have the chance to participate in a living picnic, view giant projections on silos, interact with a participatory puppet installation, share secrets with oracles, participate in bureaucratic processing, write a letter to the president, watch films in a tree grove and wander through colorful woodland totems. Some of the artists have also chosen to focus on the history of Dorothea Dix Park, both as a state mental health hospital and as the Spring Hill plantation.
"We are excited to activate these public spaces in new and innovative ways," said Kelly McChesney, Raleigh Arts Public Art Director. "The two-dozen artists on this project bring to bear a wealth of local talent, and their installations and performances are intended to inspire contemplation about both the park and the human/artistic experience. One of the goals with the SEEK Raleigh series is to reveal the deep vein of artistic talent that runs through our community and to introduce our creatives on a broader stage."
SEEK Raleigh joins Destination Dix 2.0 on June 1. Destination Dix 2.0 celebrates an exciting milestone for the park, the unanimous City Council adoption of the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan. Along with exploring the SEEK Raleigh installations throughout the park, Destination Dix 2.0 brings a family-friendly spectacular to the Big Field from 3 to 9 p.m. with highlights including live entertainment, a giant Ferris wheel, and a special fireworks display at the end of the night.