About The Overlook

The Overlook at North Hills, designed by renowned architect and artist Thomas Sayre, is a 20ft. tall sculptural gateway that links North Hills’ Main and Park Districts with a grand stair, meticulous landscaping, and multiple levels for gathering.

The sculptural stairway is designed to be counterpoint to the bracketing tall  buildings on either side and to make clear to pedestrians where the stairway is to gain access from Six Forks Rd. to the retail shops below.

The design components include corten steel, concrete, and lights.




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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