Yes, trees in Cary are wearing tutus

A tree outside the Cary public library on South Academy Street sports a fanciful tutu, part of an art installation by Los Angeles artist Helen Lessick.Josh Shaffer

In downtown Cary, the newest public art project turns curious heads along Academy Street, where the trees stand dressed as ballerinas, their trunks wrapped in pleated polyester tutus.

This eye-catching display, which graces eight oaks and pines between the Cary Arts Center and Town Hall, is the brainchild of California “artist explorer” Helen Lessick, who hopes to spark lively discussion downtown.

She previously has painted the pipes of a Culver City, Calif., wastewater plant in bright primary colors and dangled a braid of yellow, Rapunzel-inspired hair from a bell tower in Northern Ireland.

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