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Inspired by a moonlit sky on a cloudy night, "Fly Me To The Moon" encapsulates a sense of wonder that's perfect for its placement outside Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in Downtown Clayton.

Beginning with a 4-by-8-foot sheet of aluminum and plasma cutter, it took artist Jordan Parah about a month to craft this sculpture and weld it together.

"Fly Me To The Moon" is an abstract take on a familiar concept, which leaves plenty of room for the viewer to make his or her own contribution to the artistic conversation. Parah has said she expects people to find their own unique meaning in this lunar sculpture.

Jordan Parah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture and a minor in art history from East Carolina University. She continues to live in Greenville, where she maintains a studio and works at City Art Gallery and the Greenville Museum of Art.

Parah's work can be seen throughout North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee – and, of course, right here in Downtown Clayton!

Parah made her debut on the Clayton Sculpture Trail last year with "Sunrise, Sunset" – which adorned Town Square – and "Up, Up & Away," which greeted visitors to the Clatyon Community Center. The Public Art Advisory Board selected another pair of Parah's works for this year's trail, and you can see "Harmonious Balance" featured in the center of Horne Square.

Here's how Parah describes her art in her own words:

The main focus of my work is equality in our society; equal rights portrayed through large-scale sculpture. I find that the juxtaposition of my material choices expresses my personal definition of strength and equivalence.  I challenge the intrinsic properties of metals and form them into unique, harmonious compositions that exemplify coexistence.

My sculptures deal specifically with metal fabrication. In my research I seek to connect contrasting metal forms, shapes and colors to create a nexus between the sculpture and the fundamental principle, that all people are different yet all are equal. The amalgamation of disparate metals within each sculpture is designed to place emphasis on the strength and endurance needed to form and maintain a unified and equitable society. In my current work I utilize aluminum, steel, bronze, and stainless steel in combination to create balance and harmony out of diversity.

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