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A look at the Convention Center's art

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've been watching the outside walls of Wilmington's new Convention Center go up piece by piece. Now we have some idea of what pieces will hang on the walls inside.

The Convention Center Arts Committee has chosen a maritime theme for the interior design. Old drawings, photographs and postcards will be blown up and mounted to the walls. Some of the walls are so massive they'll have 10-foot by eight-foot images. There's only one finished right now. It's a picture of Wilmington's harbor in the 1850s.

"I'm very excited to see it coming together," Arts Committee member Beverly Tetterton said. "We've been meeting for over a year now, and we had a lot of great ideas. To actually see the images on the canvas, they're very very big, and it looks great."

There will also be digital art displayed inside. It can be changed according to what type of industry books the Convention Center.

We'll have more on the Convention Center art coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6 p.m.

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What will this cost the taxpayers

or are planning to annex some more of the county to pay for the art.

annexing

I wonder if they will proceed with planned annexations once they realize that the to-be-annexed property is worth 30-50% less than projected? Or will they proceed and just raise the tax rate for everyone in the city?

give it up

In case you haven't been downtown at all, the convention center is here, like it or not. It was not built with any of our tax dollars. That would include the artwork. In fact, I think it even came in under budget.

Now that it is here, I definitely want it to do well and make some money for our city, and I would think anyone from here would want that, too.

Not built with tax money

It may not have been built with tax money but it will be supported by taxes once it starts to fail. Check with any major city that has a convention center and you will see they quickly become white elephants with large appetites.