The Banjostand sculpture that surrounds the Sir Walter Raleigh statue every bluegrass week will have one last hurrah this year.
But after this year’s World of Bluegrass, it will be dismantled and live on as a reconfigured permanent art installation inside the Raleigh Convention Center.
The Banjostand, designed by Wyoming-based artist Bland Hoke, is a stage fashioned of cast-off instrument parts donated by the Deering Banjo Co. It debuted at the 2014 World of Bluegrass and has been on display every year outside the convention center, enveloping the Bruno Lucchesi sculpture, since then.
The Banjostand has become a popular landmark, and backdrop for everything from sunrise yoga sessions to selfie shots. Made at the behest of Raleigh Arts Commission on a $25,000 budget, it started out as a three-year project before being extended for two more years.
World of Bluegrass, now in its sixth year, kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the International Bluegrass Music Association convention, awards ceremony and nightclub shows. Free and ticketed concerts are Sept. 28-29.