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NC State begins construction of new art plaza on Centennial Campus 

Artist Larry Bell stands near the construction site as Reds and Whites is installed on Centennial Campus.

Centennial Campus is now officially home to Reds and Whites, a public art display by world-renowned artist Larry Bell. The piece, commissioned by the Centennial Campus Public Art Committee, was recently installed at the bottom of The Oval, adjacent to Hunt Library. Construction on the surrounding plaza is expected to be complete later this fall. 

Reds and Whites, a project funded entirely by the support of private donors, is the first piece of public art on Centennial Campus. It consists of large, sculptural glass cubes and triangles and will be surrounded by a plaza with seating and trees. The work itself combines design and engineering to give visitors a dynamic visual experience. 

“We’re thrilled to bring this amazing work of art to Centennial Campus,” said Susan Woodson, wife of Chancellor Randy Woodson and a member of the Centennial Campus Public Art Committee. “The things that are happening on Centennial Campus – and across all of the university – have worldwide significance. This piece is meant to represent that global impact and bring people together.”

Reds and Whites and the accompanying plaza will be dedicated and open to the public in mid-October. For more information, please visit Interested media should contact Mary Cole Pike at

This post was originally published in NC State News.