Public art has come to Charlotte’s Third Ward by way of an apartment high-rise project.
“El Caballo” (The Horse) and “El Toro” (The Bull) are both by artist Jesus Sanchez, better known as Suso.
The sculptures surround the Catalyst, a 27-story apartment building with 462 residences at Church Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
“El Caballo” is adjacent to Romare Bearden Park. “El Toro” stands in front of the apartment’s garage structure. Omar Alberto Villa with The Housing Studio designed the bases for each of the sculptures.
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Catalyst owner John Joyce purchased the sculptures from the Sanchez family and moved them from Coral Springs Museum of Art’s outdoor Peace Garden in Coral Springs, Fla., to the Queen City. Joyce has a home in the Coral Springs area.
Suso was born in Albacete, Spain, in 1953 and moved to the United States at 29. During his short and notable career he established the Suso Art Studio in West Palm Beach, Fla. and accompanied sculptor Juan de Avalos on a trip to America to install a bronze statue donated by Spain to the United States for its Bicentennial. He died of cancer in 2004 at age 51.
Courtney McLaughlin, correspondent