Why This Matters: Public art is our opportunity to write many narratives into one overarching story of this place we call home.
By Bernie Petit
Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s public art collection continues to grow with the addition of two new artworks.
Installed over the past several months, the artworks reflect our community’s commitment for public art that uplifts our history and spirits.
Both the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have ordinances appropriating 1 percent of eligible capital improvement project funds for public art. ASC manages the public art programs for the city, county and Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
ASC’s role in public art ensures that artwork enhances our public spaces and are integral to urban and economic development.
Here’s a look at the new artworks.
Artists: Daily tous les jours, an interactive design studio from Montreal, Canada.
Installed: February 2020 (prototype).
Location: First Ward Park in uptown Charlotte.
About the Artwork: “Balancing Act” is an interactive sculpture you can make music with by sitting, standing or moving around on the disc. The sound changes based on the user’s movement, allowing them to create their own musical composition. The prototype is the first of three discs to be installed; the other two are expected to be installed later at a later date. If you test it out, let us know your thoughts on social media by using #balancingactartCLT.
Artist: Michele Turner, a Charlotte artist who created the public artwork “Gather Together” in Charlotte’s Historic West End in 2004.
Installed: March 2020.
Location: Waymer Gym, Huntersville.
About the Artwork: This consists of laser-cut, powder-coated designs utilized in the railing at the entrance of the renovated Waymer Gym. The gym is part of the historic Torrence-Lytle School, established in 1937 and the first high school for African-American students in northern Mecklenburg County in Pottstown, Huntersville’s historic African-American community. The school was the center of life in the community for more than 50 years. Her artwork incorporates significant residents, symbols and structures relevant to the school and Pottstown, including cotton leaves, flowing water, antique desks and chairs, the school’s trojan mascot and farmhouses.