Raleigh’s famous ‘Acorn’ move from Moore Square delayed

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh’s iconic “Acorn” is supposed to be on the move from its usual home in Moore Square to a new spot.


“Acorn” weighs 1,250 pounds and measures 10 feet high and 8 feet in diameter. Artist David Benson was commissioned to create the famous artwork in 1991 to mark the city’s bicentennial the following year.

According to the City of Raleigh, “Acorn” is 250 times the size of a regular acorn and is made of steel and copper, some of which came from the original State Capitol building’s dome.

The reason for the move is because of renovations that will soon be taking place at Moore Square.

“Acorn’s” new home will be at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Crews attempted to move it Wednesday but a steel base was too big for the nut, preventing the move from happening.

Despite the move, Raleigh’s annual “Acorn Drop” on New Year’s Eve will still take place, just in a different location.

Once a proper base is created, the giant “Acorn” will be moved just in time for the grand reopening of the Duke Energy Center after months of renovations, the City said.

Its new location will be at the southeast corner of the intersection of South Salisbury and West South streets.

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