by Jeff Sykes

Items from across the Triad and beyond

Sculpture walk in the works

The city of Winston-Salem is considering a proposal by the city’s arts council to add 10-20 privately commissioned art sculptures to downtown. Assistant to the City Manager, Evan Raleigh said the council approached the city a couple of months ago with the proposal to add the sculptures to the central business district. The project is modeled off of sculpture walks in other communities around the country.

“Their proposal essentially calls for placing these pedestals in public rights-of-way in areas throughout the central business district of downtown,” Raleigh said. “In other communities it’s a big draw. It gets people to interact with art and come downtown, so it’s something that has driven tourism in other areas.”

The sculptures will rotate seasonally, once implemented. Raleigh said no public funds will be used for the project and all of the funding would be done through the arts council. The city council approved the proposal at their Sept. 15 meeting, and now the public works committee will consider the requests for specific locations for the sculptures at their next meeting.

According to a memo sent by Raleigh to City Manager Lee Garrity, the locations must ultimately be approved by city council as well as the city manager.

Tom Carruthers Named Greensboro City Attorney

The City of Greensboro on Tuesday officially named Tom Carruthers to the position of city attorney. Carruthers has served as interim city attorney since April.

Carruthers has worked for the Greensboro city attorney’s office since 2009. Before joining the City of Greensboro, Carruthers was an assistant district attorney for Guilford County for three years. He was in private practice for 20 years prior to his public work, serving as a litigator for a broad range of clients.

Carruthers work in strengthening the city attorney’s office earned him the full-time position, according to Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “Five months ago, Council asked Tom to move into the lead position in the attorney’s office,” Vaughan said. “From a legal aspect, he and his team have been sharp in their service to the City departments and Council. Tom has also forged ahead in many areas where there were issues that needed to be resolved. Most importantly, he has worked hard to complete his internal leadership team and has positioned the attorney’s office for future success.”