The Dillon continues to open in phases downtown, bringing residences, restaurants, shops (including Urban Outfitters), and a public parking deck downtown—as well as noteworthy installations by local artists. A few eateries, shops, and the deck are expected to open this month and throughout the summer, but you can see the art now. Tim Lytvinenko’s Not how it is, but how it came to be spans six levels of the parking deck’s exterior, and visitors get an up-close view from glass elevators traveling to and from the building’s ninth-floor lobby-patio. The 30-by-66-foot work is a photo scanned and printed onto vinyl. Durham-based Heather Gordon created a 40-by-10-foot tape installation in the sky lobby, a connecting hallway suspended high above the ground and visible from many viewpoints at The Dillon and nearby Union Station.
There’s also a mixed media triptych by Raleigh artist Oliver Wagner in the ground floor lobby facing West Street, not far from Jason Craighead’s 80-by-62-foot canvas. The Dillon worked closely with next-door neighbor CAM Raleigh, through CAM’s Art in the Workplace program, to commission the Gordon, Lytvinenko, and Wagner pieces—evidence that creative collaboration is alive and well in the warehouse district. —Jessie Ammons Rumbley