A 40-foot tall, 40,000-pound sculputre is being installed in the the plaza of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s fixed base operator facility, which serves private aviation. The public artwork, titled “Old Growth,” is by Asheville artist Hoss Haley, and is designed to evoke the presence of a tree. The cost was $265,000 according to the Arts and Science Council, which manages the public art programs for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
Following the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, a “smoldering” (as one commentator put it) President Obama gave a revealing speech – a clarification, a culmination, of much that had come before. “What has become routine,” he said, “of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of commonsense gun legislation. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out. ‘We need more guns,’ they’ll argue. … Does anybody believe that?” “This is a political choice we make,” he claimed, “to allow this to happen every few months in America.”