“Narrow Passage”: Carl Billingsley

Narrow Passage by Carl Billingsley

Being a lover of arches of all kinds, I was drawn to this sculpture the first evening I walked in Lamar Park. The oiled steel sculpture was done by Carl Billingsley of Greensboro, NC. The former professor from East Carolina University retired in 2014 and continues to work world-wide in large-scale sculpture.

Professor Billingsley said of his work:

For me sculpture is a special means of communication. It is a way for me to express some of my thoughts and ideas about the human condition. I usually create abstract sculptures that don’t represent objects, persons or creatures. More likely, the sculptures are about human activities and ideas that have preoccupied our species for millennia. Ideas such as way-finding…

Castlewood Downs, The Lexington Art League. Retrieved from http://www.lexingtonartleague.org/castlewood-downs.html

The Artwork Statement (Lexington Art League) defines the piece as “an abstract sculpture that takes the form of an architectural structure…What makes it a sculpture and NOT a piece of architecture is primarily the fact that it has no other architectural attributes, it is not part of a wall, building or other contexts…’Passage’ also references the psychological, social and emotional aspects of Architecture and Sculpture. What narrow passages have you encountered in your life?”

What narrow passages have you encountered as you are ‘way-finding’?

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13 Responses to “Narrow Passage”: Carl Billingsley

  1. I like this a lot! One of my favorite ways to take a photograph is looking through a “keyhole”. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to see more of Carl Billingsley’s work, courtesy of Mr. Google!

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  2. Betty says:

    Love this sculpture and the fact that his work is about the human condition. I also Googled Carl Billingsley before commenting. 🙂 I am not 100% sure what a narrow passage in life would look like. Maybe becoming a mother?

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    • Suzassippi says:

      I think it could be symbolic or real. My mind went immediately to the small cave on the hillside of Palo Duro Canyon when Randy and I went hiking and we literally had to turn sideways to squeeze between the walls of rock.

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  3. Beth says:

    I would also be drawn to this one by its shape and the rusted look, like old cars and farm equipment. I’m feasting on the green green green because it’s brown brown and gone here. I would think if I walked there these sculptures would become friends and I would mentally greet them as I walked by!

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  4. Love this one! It is art within art.

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  5. I vaguely remember seeing an arch like this before. Hermann Park in Houston?

    The theme is particularly pertinent. A Narrow Passage: sound like the trajectory on which we are headed in USA.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      I think you are right about the current trajectory and the Narrow Passage. I don’t know about Houston, but he had one like this named “Arch” in another location. I am not sure if it is part of a rotating exhibition or not, but the ones here on the trail rotate apparently.


  6. I also love shooting through a passage, or window, or any place that leads to another. Love this sculpture!

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