Local Artist and Team to Create Public Art for Charlotte’s Historic West End

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Project will enhance the West Trade Street streetscape and new Five Points Plaza.
(From left) Artist David Wilson, lead artist Stacy Utley and architect Edwin Harris will create public artwork for Charlotte’s Historic West End. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2019) – A significant public artwork spearheaded by Charlotte artist Stacy Utley, along with Durham artist David Wilson and architect Edwin Harris, will provide a beacon that welcomes residents and visitors to Charlotte’s Historic West End.

Utley and his team have been commissioned to create artwork for two City of Charlotte Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP) projects:

  • The West Trade Street Underpass Enhancement Project, which will enhance the streetscape and the underpass at the I-77 bridge on West Trade Street in Charlotte and link to the existing gateway public artwork (“Passing Through Light” by Erwin Redl) at the underpass.
  • The new Five Points Plaza, which will be just west of uptown Charlotte at the convergence of Beatties Ford Road, Fifth, West Trade and State streets and the Rozzelles Ferry intersection. The plaza will serve as the hub for the Historic West End community and provide space for performances, pop-up markets, food trucks and more.

The public artwork is expected to be completed by fall 2020. Utley and his team will work with residents and community stakeholders to create impactful artwork that connects the sites and references the history of West End Charlotte.

ASC, which manages the public art programs for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, will introduce the artists to the community at the public art kickoff meeting scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Johnson C. Smith University’s Mosaic Village multipurpose room (1635 W. Trade St., Charlotte).

“Historic West End is not a blank canvas,” said Todd Stewart, senior program director of public art for ASC. “There are communities well-invested in this area that have contributed greatly to making Charlotte-Mecklenburg what it is today. The strength of this project is its potential to tell the story of these neighborhoods through the voices of the people who live there and the vision of an artist team that will be informed by their history and experiences.”

Utley is an artist and educator whose work addresses complex narratives found within the African-American diaspora. His works can be found in private and public collections at Johnson C. Smith University and North Carolina State University, among others.

Wilson has served as lead artist for multiple Charlotte projects, including the “I Remember Brooklyn” series of jewel box transit shelters along Beatties Ford Road and the hand-painted art glass mural at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture at Levine Center for the Arts. As principal and co-founder of Durham-based Evoke Studio, Harris’s portfolio of projects includes the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Ga. and Emancipation Park in Houston, Texas.

About Arts & Science Council

ASC is the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte- Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.

ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

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