The eighth annual art exhibit at Airlie Gardens, “SQUIRRELS!,” is a little nutty this year.
From Saturday through Nov. 30, there will be 10 oversized, fiberglass squirrel sculptures will be placed throughout the gardens located in Wilmington.
Each squirrel has been decorated by artists whose designs were selected based on creativity, use of materials and outdoor sustainability.
The exhibit is included in garden admission and free for Airlie members. Children can participate in a scavenger hunt to find all of the squirrels at the garden.
“We want visitors to have a great time searching for a new kind of squirrel at Airlie,” said New Hanover County Parks and Gardens Director Tara Duckworth in a statement. “Our artists have done a great job expressing their creativity through the squirrels, and now our guests will be able to enjoy the public art they have created because of the generosity of the Landfall Foundation and our major sponsors.”
All general admission tickets to the gardens continue to be pre-purchased online only. Airlie members may show their ID or membership card for entry upon arrival.
The public is encouraged to take photos and add #squirrelsartexhibit and #gonutsatairlie to their social media posts.
The squirrels from, SQUIRRELS!, will go on sale to the public through an online auction Oct. 15-Nov. 30. The link to the online auction will go live at 9 a.m. Oct. 15.