About N.C. Floor Medallion

The floor medallion, located in the Renaissance Hotel lobby, abstractly depicts the terrain and geology of North Carolina from the mountains to the coast with its capital city shown clearly in the center of the state where it exists. The depiction of Raleigh is via the unique 18th century William Christmas plan for downtown Raleigh which exists fairly intact to this day.

The medallion is 14 ft. in diameter and its design components consist of fiberglass, stainless steel, lights, and terrazzo.


Thomas Sayre

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Thomas Sayre has designed and built public art projects all over the world and has been part of the design team for civic, educational, and museum buildings. He, along with architect Steve Schuster, is a founding principal of the multi-disciplinary design firm, Clearscapes , and has collaborated to produce lighting, furniture, terrazzo floors, and specialty surfaces.

Growing up in the shadow of Washington National Cathedral, Thomas' early art education, and his love and respect of natural materials, came from the stonecutters and the Cathedral. His education continued at St. Albans School, University of North Carolina, University of Michigan, and Cranbrook Academy of Art.

While occasionally producing "studio" pieces, most of his efforts are focused in the public arena. It is here where the idea of producing art intersects with the realities of life. The art will work only when disparate opinions come together through collaboration to form a coherent vision.

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