The City, the Wilson Downtown Development Corporation and Wilson Downtown Properties are joining with local businesses and state agencies to create the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Project: a new downtown park that provides a showcase for the large-scale sculptures of 92-year-old vernacular artist Vollis Simpson. The park will create a distinctive identity for this small community and serve as the focus for both a workforce training program and a new Industrial Artisan District featuring furniture refinishing, architectural salvage materials, design services, antiques, leatherwork, bookbinding and printing, glass manufacturers, repurposed materials designers, musicians and more.