The luxurious, one-of-a-kind cars and motorcycles of Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930s and ’40s are large in scale and big on style. However, the public art campaign it inspired around downtown Raleigh took the opposite approach: The “micromurals”—only 4 x 10 inches and made from laser-etched metal from local business Mort’s Trophy Shop—feature illustrated versions of the 17 cars and motorcycles in the exhibition and were illustrated by local artist Shane Smith.
Small but eye-catching, these "tiny billboards" are installed throughout Raleigh’s diverse local retail and restaurant scene and connect back to the stunning Rolling Sculpture exhibition.
Participating businesses include DECO Raleigh, State of Beer, Gringos, Oak City Cycling Project, Edge of Urge, Cameron Village's Village Draft House, North Hills, Nice Price Books, Marbles Kids Museum, Kings Raleigh, Person Street Station, Crank Arm Brewing, Devolve Moto, Raleigh Beer Garden, and Lincoln Theatre.
Spot one in the wild? Tag your photographs of the murals and share them on social media using hashtag #NCMAcars.
This project was a collaboration with Myriad Media.
Check out the slideshow for a photo of each "tiny billboard" location around Raleigh; then click on a Google Map pin below to view its physical location.