The four Rising Sun medallions that used to greet people as they walked into Eastland Mall will one day be part of an art project on the citys eastside.
The signs, which look like a mix between the north wind and the sun, were donated to a local volunteer-run group that promotes east Charlotte.
Leaders from the Eastland Area Strategies Team, along with city officials and others gathered Tuesday for a ceremony at the former mall site where cranes brought down the last of the signs.
Martique Lorray, who sits on E.A.S.T. board, said the organization has been trying to acquire the signs for more than a year as a way to honor part of the citys past.
Eastland opened off Central Avenue in 1975 as the biggest shopping center in the state. But the mall began declining in the 1990s and finally closed its doors three years ago. The city of Charlotte bought the property last year.
The Rising Sun logo was part of the mall from the beginning.
Lorray said developers of Eastland selected the design to reflect the location of the mall (in the east, where the sun rises) and to symbolize a new day dawning in the city.
She called the signs three of which are 13 feet wide physically beautiful and unique.
We are proud to breathe new life into these historic signs and place them once again on the eastside, Lorray said.
Neither a design nor location for the arts project has been selected yet.
The Arts & Science Council is expected to help guide E.A.S.T. as it develops the art.
In all, Lorray estimated the project could take three years.
Leaders also hope to get one of the signs designated as a Charlotte historic landmark.
The city of Charlotte now owns the property, and a developer has proposed turning the site into a $250 million-plus movie-production complex.
The development would include a movie studio, retail and office space, and a hotel, among other things.
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