Sculptor Thomas Sayre tackles work that is exceptional.
His giant sculptures use the earth as a casting mechanism. Although his art is unusual, it is not solitary.
Sayre is a self-described evangelist for public art. He says his earthcasting process is always collaborative, involving whole communities and many individuals who might not otherwise meet.
A new documentary film, "Earthcaster," traces Sayre's work, inspirations and connections to community. It also highlights the ways Sayre's lineage influences his artwork.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Sayre and Donna Campbell, a producer of the film. Earthcaster debuts on UNC-TV on Thursday at 10 p.m.
Here are some photos of Sayre's sculptures: