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Critters

Critters Critters

Chatham County artist Clyde Jones is one of the Triangle area's most beloved artists. Carved from logs and wood scraps and decorated with found objects, his "critters" can be found at dozens of businesses and private residences. Jones frequently demonstrates his chainsaw carving method at local fairs and other community events. His creations are gifts for which he accepts no payment, though he will occasionally accept gifts in trade. The critters displayed in the Carolina Union were constructed by Jones onsite, between the Union and the Pit, and painted and decorated by Carolina students. Don Luse, Carolina Union director, told the UNC Gazette in 2008 that Jones's playful sculptures are "very important in creating that sense of community we're after." Other works by Jones include the mural covering the Carrboro PTA Thrift Shop.