In September 2012, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department dedicated the new Steele Creek Division building at S. Tryon St. and Westinghouse Blvd. Welcoming visitors to the station and passersby is a new piece of public artwork, Canopy, by artist Billy Lee. The artwork, an abstract interpretation of a tree seeks to connect the neighborhood with the police station.
“The image of a tree is one of the oldest symbols suggesting stability, shelter and protection, which is apt for a police station. It is used in context with one of the most fundamental forms in design, the circle, creating a contemporary hybrid bringing nature into the urban environment.” – Billy Lee
The artwork was funded through the City of Charlotte’s 1% for art ordinance. The Arts & Science Council administers the city’s public art program through the appointed Public Art Commission.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP8dK7OOkY4]