The $340,000 work of art that comprised nine holly bushes in front of the former Charlotte Coliseum has been taken down. Developers said they were unable to find a new home for the environmental landscape by famed artist Maya Lin.
Mason Zimmerman, senior vice president of Pope & Land Enterprises, said the company spent more than two years contacting artists, arboretums and others who might want the bushes but no one was willing or able to take the artwork. The firm, which is building a mixed-use project called City Park on the Coliseum site, is incorporating the oak trees that were also part of the “Topo” artwork into their design. But the bushes had to go.
Lin, best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, was commissioned to create “Topo” in 1989. The Coliseum was imploded in 2007. April Bethea