Salisbury town planning plaque on bench to honor memory of street artist

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) — Joseph Heilig spent hours each day on a bench outside Fuller’s Market in downtown Salisbury, working on his art and engaging in conversations. His presence and personality left a lasting mark on many who came into contact with him. Now an effort has begun to honor Heilig’s memory with a plaque that would be placed on the bench.

Heilig died suddenly last month of medical issues.

The Monday following his death, flowers were placed on this bench and a hand-painted sign with angel wings bore the message “RIP Joe”.

“I am overwhelmed with a level of sadness that I would not have anticipated because Joe was so much a part of my experience as a shop owner in downtown Salisbury,” said Alissa Redmond of South Main Book Company. . “He was the face of Main Street, so and you don’t have people like that in every generation…he was that person for us.”

At Salisbury City Council meeting this week, Tamara Sheffield said the request had been made to begin the process of placing a plaque on the bench.

The council then established a 30-day public comment period before placing the plaque. Comments can be submitted to Salisbury Town Clerk Kelly Baker at [email protected]

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