Tag Archives: Richard Merrill

Red Wolf

Red Wolf

Red Wolf: Richard Merrill and Chris Worley created this lifelike wolf, using more than 2,000 slivers of steel to suggest the wolf’s fur. Originally commissioned by Ann DerGara for her gallery on Main Street, the red wolf now stands near the courthouse gazebo. The sculpture features a steel heart inside. Red wolves once were common throughout the Southeast, but had virtually disappeared by the 1960s. A program to breed the few remaining wolves in captivity was success-ful, and packs were restored to various sites throughout the country, including North Carolina, in the late 1980s. Today, about 100-120 red wolves roam in five northeastern counties of the state.

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Black Bear

Black Bear

Black Bear: The striking steel bear reaches up a tree, seeking a cache of honey. Richard Merrill created the bear and inserted a secret steel “heart,” his signature touch. Look carefully and you will see a beehive inside the tree and a bee lighting on the bear’s nose. This sculpture stands on a patch of lawn in front of City Hall on Main Street.

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Deer

Deer

Deer: The shy deer stands at the edge of South Broad Park, where it can be seen by both walkers and drivers. Richard Merrill and Chris Worley created the deer, using a large, flat river rock for its body, and forged steel for its legs, head, and antlers. The rock was not cut, but rather found in a stream in the natural shape of a deer’s body.

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