Charlotte has set aside $842,000 for public art projects in the upcoming year throughout the city, and an additional $3 million for art at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
City policy is to set aside up to 1 percent of a public project’s construction budget for public art, which is why the airport has such a large share of the art budget.
The city plans to commission art for the Concourse E food court under construction; for the Concourse A expansion; for the recently opened Rental Car Facility; and for a new main entrance to the airport at Wilkinson Boulevard and Josh Birmingham Parkway.
The citywide projects include $150,000 for art along the Cross Charlotte Trail, which is under construction.
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City Council reviewed the most recent public art projects Monday.
Some of the completed projects include: A $23,600 corten and stainless steel sculpture by Dana Gingras installed at East W.T. Harris Boulevard and North Sharon Amity; $35,500 of stone and cast concrete sculptures by Laural Holtzapple, Shaun Cassidy and Lauren Doran installed at Reid Neighborhood Park; $23,600 of stainless steel, vinyl and mixed media sculptures in Elizabeth by Amy Bagwell and Graham Carew; a $23,600 concrete, ceramic and mosaic tile totem poll by artist Paul Smith that is in Sedgefield; $63,000 of decorative brick work by Michael Morgan on a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department building on West Boulevard; and a $265,000 corten steel sculpture at Charlotte Douglas that’s at the Wilson Air Center.
The city also has plans to bring public art to the Shamrock Gardens/Central Avenue/Albemarle Road area; art that would be incorporated into streetscape improvements for North Tryon Street; art that’s part of the 25th Street bridge at North Davidson Street; and art on J.W. Clay Boulevard.