CHARLOTTE, NC - If you're feeling bored and want to see something unique and different, these four places of public art in Charlotte are what you need to visit today or in your free time!
- The Sculptures at Independence Square
At the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets, four large bronze sculptures stand guard over Independence Square. Rayment Kaskey's 5,000-pound sculptures represent many of Queen City's forming powers: transit, future, industry, and commerce.
"Transportation" shines a light on African Americans who worked on Charlotte's railway system. A mother and her child's "future" is about hope, whereas "Industry" is about women and textile workers. The first gold rush in Charlotte, "Commerce," is represented by a gold miner.
The Ascendus is a 60-foot wing-like, tilting sculpture depicting flight and rises near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport entrance. Using a combination of galvanized and inox steel, laminated glass, and LED floodlights, artist Ed Carpenter created the sculpture in 2012 against a lush backdrop of Carolina trees and shrubbery.
- Reflective Terrain
The BOplex's rebuilt connected terrace features an art installation that includes concentrated circles, speakers, and swirls. Blane De San Cruz's "Reflective Terrain" pays homage to the iconic Charlotte architecture, which at the time of its construction in 1956 was the world's largest dome of its sort.
- The Firebird
Niki de Saint Phalle's "Firebird," a 17-foot sculpture on the plaza outside the Bechtler Modern Art Museum, was built by locals known as the "Disco Chicken" in 1991. The bird features a mosaic of mirrored and colored glass that is covered from top to bottom for a magnetic photo opportunity while sitting on the arched bark.
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