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Joey Manson
Steel, paint, concrete, 21’x 6’x 5’
Commissioned by Cape Fear Museum

To create this sculpture, Manson was inspired by history, nature and the region’s geography. He used traces of shapes found in a local live oak tree, a Simmons Sea-Skiff boat, maps of New Hanover County and industrial gears.

The negative space within the forms of Traces connect through the sculpture to its concrete base, alluding to a ghost forest. Tapered forms ascend, spiral and grow denoting time.

About the Artist

South Carolina artist Joey Manson is a senior lecturer at Clemson University. He earned a master of fine arts degree from Alfred University and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Clemson University. Manson works with industrial materials to depict his surroundings, abstracting technological and natural environments.


View a time lapse video of the sculpture installation.


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