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Nash Square - Raleigh, NC

Have you met Berkeley yet? He just moved in downtown!


After we saw a post on Raleigh Arts a few days ago about him, we knew we had to head down to Nash Square and say hello!


Berkeley is more than just an awesome piece of chainsaw art, though. According to Raleigh Arts, artist Corey Lancaster was commissioned by the City of Raleigh to carve him from the Berkeley Oak, an enormous 90-foot tall oak tree that used to be in Nash Square. Unfortunately, due to disease and the age of the tree (it was believed to be about 120 years old!), it was no longer safe for the tree to be in the square.


We can’t think of a better way to honor the tree! Thank to Raleigh Arts, Urban Forestry, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, and City of Raleigh for collaborating to bring us this fantastic new piece of public art!


While Nash Square isn’t particularly large, the closest entrance to find Berkeley is at the corner of S. Dawson Street and W. Hargett St. Parking is metered downtown, but we didn’t think it was too bad - $2.50 for 2 hours. We easily passed our 2 hours walking and seeing other art both in and around Nash Square.


Have you been to see Berkeley yet? Let us know in the comments!

(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on September 9, 2020.)

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