And a piece of the heart of our city was created right here at Liberty Arts
by Mike and Leah Waller-Foushee
To help mark his 15th birthday during Durham’s year-long sesquicentennial celebration, the community’s beloved Major the Bull in CCB Plaza will be receiving new bronze signage, in both English and Spanish, and the Bull City is invited to the celebration.
Hosted by the City of Durham and Liberty Arts, the event will take place in front of Major at CCB Plaza, located at the corner of Corcoran and West Parrish Streets in downtown Durham. The festivities will start at 11am on Friday, April 12. You'll have the opportunity to meet the artist team behind the sculpture, Leah Foushee Waller and Mike Waller and hear them speak about creating the Bull. Mayor Steve Schewel will be speaking about what the sculpture means to Durham today, while Liberty Arts representatives hand out free cupcakes.
Major the Bull, was created by Mike and Leah in the Liberty Warehouse, once a tobacco auction house turned into artist studios. In 2009 the roof caved in, the building was demolished and replaced with luxury apartments, However, because of the visionary planning on the part of the designer and architect team, Frances Vega and Frank Depasquale, the foundry survived. It is now the only non-profit foundry in the southeast and, as many of you know, we regularly cast aluminum and bronze inside those beautiful gates.
The sculpture and plaza were gifted through a grant by the Central Carolina Bank to the residents of Durham.
An experienced cattle person would recognize that Major is actually a "hybrid", not a bull one could find in any field. He's represents the symbol inherited by the city of Durham in the 1800s, stands 10 feet tall, and reinforces the strong qualities of the city and its residents.
Please join us to celebrate this beautiful beast in our vibrant city!