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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem’s first public art park is on schedule for its May 2 opening, despite inclement weather putting an occasional damper on construction.

ARTivity on the Green is located on Liberty Street between Sixth and Seventh streets.

The nonprofit Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS) developed the idea to bring an art park to the City of Arts and Innovation.

"What this park is going to do is stimulate, we hope, growth in Liberty Street and also tie the Arts District and Innovation Quarter together,” Harry Knabb, chairman and chief executive of Art for Art’s Sake, said.

AFAS envisioned a space that would have a water feature, gazebo, and places to display art. The group contacted STITCH Design Shop, an architecture firm in Winston-Salem, to bring the idea to life.

“Local artists, members of AFAS will be able to come display their art or have artist installations,” Adam Sebastian, a STITCH Design architect, said.

There is a 124-foot mural wall that will feature the work of local artists. Local youth will also have a section to paint on.

Another unique feature is the tower cloud that is positioned in the middle of the park. It’s an element that creates a cloud of water vapor as opposed to a conventional fountain.

"I think the hope is that when people leave they are inspired,” Sebastian said.

You can see the final design for the ARTivity on the Green here.