The North Carolina Museum of Art is a Gem / by Costanza Knight

Rodin Sculpture Garden at the NCMA in Raleigh

Rodin Sculpture Garden at the NCMA in Raleigh

I just went to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and saw the new West Building that opened in 2010.  Designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, it was constructed to allow natural light to enter the exhibit spaces with the use of specially designed skylights.   Full spectrum natural light translates into more vibrant color, more detail in each piece of art with a backdrop of minimalist cool white walls and fixtures.   The African collection and the Contemporary collection are both exceptional.  A delicately rendered tree, constantly moving and changing seasons, is projected on a wall next to the restaurant. One entire wall of the restaurant is covered with a site specific sculpture by Patrick Dougherty featuring a swirling mass of branches and boughs from the surrounding area.  The various collections are easy to navigate and lead one to the peaceful Rodin sculpture garden, which has a zen like feel to it.   Don't miss this North Carolina gem.