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Charlotte Bike Tour
"Meet your guide inside the Overstreet Mall at your selected departure time. You’ll be outfitted with a bike and helmet and given a brief safety orientation before embarking on your 1.5-hour bike tour of Charlotte. Engage all of your senses as you ped which mark the city's center and divides the city’s first four wards. Cruise down Levine Avenue of the Arts past local shops coffee shops and restaurants cooking up classic Southern food. This avenue is home to the Levine Center for the Arts one of Charlotte’s key cultural destinations comprised of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art the Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture the John S and James L Knight Theater and the Mint Museum Uptown.Pedal past The Green small public park
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Charlotte Segway Tour
"You'll meet your guide in downtown Charlotte and get started with a safety overview for the Segway. Once you’re comfortable with the Segway’s controls follow your guide through the lively Uptown district with plenty of stops along the way to snap photos and to hear fun stories and facts about Charlotte's history. Option 1: 1.5-hour Segway tourWheel down the Levine Ave of the Arts named after local donors to the arts in Charlotte. On one side of the avenue you’ll see the Bechtler Museum designed by a Swiss architect and opened in 2010 to show the Bechtler family’s collection of modern art. Check out Niki de Saint Phalle’s outdoor sculpture “The Firebird” – which is covered in mirror mosaic and stands more than 17 feet (5 meters) tall. the oldest art museum in Charlotte with one of the largest art collections in the Southeast and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
From $55.00
 
Charlotte Segway Tour
"You'll meet your guide in downtown Charlotte and get started with a safety overview for the Segway. Once you’re comfortable with the Segway’s controls follow your guide through the lively Uptown district with plenty of stops along the way to snap photos and to hear fun stories and facts about Charlotte's history. Option 1: 1.5-hour Segway tourWheel down the Levine Ave of the Arts named after local donors to the arts in Charlotte. On one side of the avenue you’ll see the Bechtler Museum designed by a Swiss architect and opened in 2010 to show the Bechtler family’s collection of modern art. Check out Niki de Saint Phalle’s outdoor sculpture “The Firebird” – which is covered in mirror mosaic and stands more than 17 feet (5 meters) tall. the oldest art museum in Charlotte with one of the largest art collections in the Southeast and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
From $55.00

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The ceiling fresco and Hugh McColl

This type of artwork is like something you would find on the U.S. Capitol dome. What stands out is this guy in a business suit among everyone else in ancient garb. That gentleman in a suit is Hugh McColl, who recently retired as head of Bank of America, one of Charlotte's largest employers. He may "big man in Charlotte", but he is said to be very personable and well-liked. He eats and drinks at restaurants frequented by his employees and sometimes socialises with them. It goes to show that one can make it big in the world without becoming a snob.

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Mar 24, 2003

Public Art

"Continuum" by Ben Long in the entryway to the Transamerica building invites you to stare and try to figure out what the artist is trying to say. Let me know if you figure it out. It has something to do with the endless cycle of life and death.

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acemj
Nov 02, 2002

Statues on Trade and Tryon

The intersection of Trade Street and North Tryon is the center point of Charlotte and each corner is graced with a statue by Raymond Kaskey. The following is excerpted from charlottecentercity.org:
"The statues are titled "Transportation," "Future," "Commerce," and "Industry." Transportation is represented by a railroad worker holding a hammer in his hand. The figure of a woman holding a child represents the Future of the city. Commerce is symbolized by a gold miner spilling money on the head of a banker. The face of the banker is modeled after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Industry is represented by a woman in a bonnet, symbolizing the mills and early industry of the area. The child peeking from her skirt suggests past child labor."

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Nov 02, 2002

Art abounds

Step into the lobby of the Bank of America Tower (the tallest building in Uptown) and take a look at the frescoes by noted artist, Ben Long. His work is all over the city in churches and in public spaces.

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Nov 02, 2002
 
 
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I have no idea what this is!

I used to work in the Bank of America Plaza building and every day I'd walk by this giant copper disk and wonder to myself, "What the heck is that?" I still don't know, but it's an interesting piece of art.

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Nov 02, 2002

Festival in the Park

Since 1964, Festival in the Park has been bringing good music, good art, and good times to Charlotteans and visitors from around the world. The sounds of "big band music" drift across Freedom Park's lake whose still surface reflects the lights strung from Camelot exhibit tents.

The scents of a variety of food fill the air, as small children with painted faces happily produce their first art work. Others find the many talented artists who can create an original work of art to grace their home or to give as the perfect gift.

This fun filled event is designed to promote and stimulate interest in the arts. It provides the opportunity for all to see, hear, and learn from over 150 artists and crafts people who actively demonstrate and display their art.

Usually held the fourth weekend in September, Friday-Sunday.

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etfromnc
Oct 07, 2011

See it before you walk The Public Art Walking Tour

Thanks to the Charlotte Arts and Science Council’s (ASC) Public Art Walking Tour, residents and visitors alike can take advantage of a free, specially developed nine block walking tour of Charlotte’s Uptown featuring twenty-three art-works by eighteen different artists. A detailed map and custom developed podcast featuring extensive artwork descriptions and narrative are available for download at the ASC website:

http://www.artsandscience.org/programs-a-services/public-art-program/public-art-walking-tour

It was developed as a creative way to address the growth and ever changing landscape of public art in our city. “The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority tells us that our printed walking tour of public art in Uptown is one of the most popular brochures that visitors take,” said Jean Greer, coordinator of the ASC’s Public Art program, “We believe a downloadable podcast along with a map is a great way for us to go “green” and more easily update information and provide better access.” With both indoor and outdoor venues the tour features sculpture, paintings, and a variety of mixed media pieces. Through the tour, participants will learn some fascinating back stories behind many of the pieces and Charlotte’s history.

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Jan 22, 2013

Charlotte, the Queen City

Queen Charlotte was the wife of King George III. The city of Charlotte is named after her and from where it gets its nickname of the queen city.

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Mar 24, 2003

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New stuff all the time . . .

Uptown is constantly changing and new works of art are popping up all over. This statue of Queen Charlotte at the intersection of College and Trade is new as of 2003.

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Mar 23, 2003

The Green, part 1

The Green is a park in Uptown Charlotte that has a literary theme. This sculpture is representative of some of the great works of literature. Among which is "Don Quijote" by Cervantes.

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Mar 24, 2003

The Green, part 2

At the side of the park closest to the church, you will not only see the pictured sculpture, but you will also get an audio surprise if you listen closely enough.

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Mar 24, 2003

The statues at Trade and Tryon

At the intersection of Trade and Tryon are 4 statues. Starting in the northeast and going clockwise, one sees the statues of commerce, future (mother and child), transportation, and industry.

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Mar 24, 2003

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Carowinds Amusement Park

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Lake Norman

Lake Norman is growning by leaps and bounds!! It is a great place to hang out in the summer time and a nice place if you choose to live there. It's about 30 minutes from Charlotte (with I-77 traffic)...
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