Town Welcomes Giraffes to Town Hall

“Perpetual Bond” is made of reclaimed steel and is 14 feet tall and 8 feet wide and long.

Monday, Oct. 9, 2023
Image of Perpetual Bond on the Town Hall lawn.
"Perpetual Bond" is tucked between trees on the Town Hall lawn near Orange Street.

A pair of giraffes will now greet visitors to Town Hall.

On Saturday, Durham artist TJ Christiansen installed Perpetual Bond on the south side of Town Hall, located at 101 E. Orange St. The town purchased the art piece depicting mother and child giraffes with $15,000 of funds donated from former Mayor Tom Stevens for the purchase and installation of artwork on the Town Hall Campus. 

Perpetual Bond is made of reclaimed steel and is 14 feet tall and 8 feet wide and long. It was featured this past summer in the Uproar Public Art Festival in Orange County. 

“One thing I heard over and over again during the Uproar festival was how much people wished all the amazing works of art could stay up permanently,” Mayor Jenn Weaver said. “Public art adds so much to our public spaces, and having Perpetual Bond on the Town Hall lawn helps show off Hillsborough as a true arts community. Hopefully, the art will encourage folks to come check out their local government campus!” 

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners approved the purchase in August. The town has contributed funds to other art works in the past, but Perpetual Bond is the first piece of permanent art that the town has purchased. 

Town Hall houses the planning and economic development and public space and sustainability divisions. Also located on the southern side of the Town Hall Campus are the Stormwater and Environmental Services Division and the Administrative Services Department. 

Christiansen, a teacher at Apex High School, brought two students from his carpentry class to help with the installation.