Public Art Works

The Queen City’s rich history, unique character and communal culture are represented in various public artworks that offer Charlotte a sense of place.

By Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

Metalmorphosis by David CernyCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

Whitehall Technology Park is home to Metalmorphosis.

At 31 feet high and weighing in at a whopping 14 tons, David Cerny’s Metalmorphosis is hard to miss.

Metalmorphosis by David CernyCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

The multisegmented head consists of 40 steel pieces grouped into seven parts which independently rotate, creating surreal and abstract shapes and images.

Metalmorphosis by David CernyCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

But that’s not all: The mirrored sculpture also includes a mouth that spits water into a surrounding fountain.

Firebird by Niki de Saint PhalleCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

Located in Uptown, standing 17 feet tall and sitting at 1,400 pounds is the Firebird. This sculpture has become a signature landmark in the Queen City.

Firebird by Niki de Saint PhalleCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

Artist Niki de Saint Phalle created the sculpture locals lovingly refer to as "The Disco Chicken."

Firebird by Niki de Saint PhalleCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

Made up of over 7,500 pieces of mirrored and colored glass, this statue is one of the most photographed spots in the city and shines bright day or night.

Firebird by Niki de Saint PhalleCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

The Firebird’s proper name – titled "Le Grand Oiseau de Feu Sur l’Arche" or "The Large Bird of Fire on the Arch" – draws in visitors from all over the world.

La Cascade by Jean TinguelyCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

Forty feet above the hustle and bustle of the lobby in the Carillon Tower, you'll find La Cascade.

La Cascade by Jean TinguelyCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

La Cascade is a quirky mashup of found artifacts, colored metal and flashing lights and was crafted by Swiss artist, Jean Tinguely.

La Cascade by Jean TinguelyCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

All of these pieces are held together by a network of pulleys and motors that whir and hum as they power into motion.

Grande Disc by Arnaldo PomodoroCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

II Grande Disco – also known as the Great Disc in Italian – is a massive bronze wheel weighing 6 tons and spanning 15 feet in diameter.

Grande Disc by Arnaldo PomodoroCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

The bronze disc has what looks like a map of the city bursting from its center. This is to commemorate Mecklenburg’s Declaration of Independence from England.

Grande Disc by Arnaldo PomodoroCharlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)

The large wheel, sculpted by Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro, is one of five total “II Grande Disco” sculptures in the world. Other sister versions are installed in Chicago, New York, Germany and Milan.

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