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Public Art In Charlotte

Tanner Latham
The Firebird mosaic statue by French sculptor Niki De Sainte Phalle (1930-2002), sits on South Tryon Street in uptown. The piece was installed at the entrance to the The Bechtler Museum November of 2009.

Charlotte hasn’t always had an easy relationship with public art but here and in cities around the country public art is being added to make places more vibrant. These works can tell the stories of cities and neighborhoods and people while giving more local artists opportunities to participate and have their work showcased. We learn more about what’s happening here with regard to public art from some of the people making it happen.


Robert Bush – President, Arts & Science Council

Tom Warshauer – Community Engagement Manager, Neighborhood & Business Services, City of Charlotte

Sharon Dowell – Artist, participated in ArtPop and currently commissioned for a public art project with CATS