South Charlotte

Dilworth putting up $30,000 for sculpture

Residents in Dilworth have a $30,000 job for a Carolinas sculptor.

The Dilworth Community Development Association has its heart set on a sculpture for its first public art project.

The sculpture is to be prominently displayed on a triangular site at Dilworth and Romany roads, where more than 5,000 cars a day pass by.

Dilworth is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year.

"There is no public art anywhere in Dilworth," said Jill Walker, an association board member. "Dilworth is probably close to 15,000 residents. It's the kind of neighborhood where you think some public art should be."

Planners are asking for a concept that relates to Dilworth's history. They want something large, but no more than 18 feet tall and 60-by-60-by-100 feet, to fit the triangular piece of land.

Applications will be reviewed by a six-member selection panel, called the Dilworth Art Project Executive Committee.

Only residents of North and South Carolina will be considered, and they must be at least age 18.

Three to five finalists will be invited to submit a proposal.

The artist chosen for the project will need a concept that shapes Dilworth's history into a large-scale visual story.

Edward Dilworth Latta was one of five investors who developed the Charlotte suburb that bears his name.

In the late 1800s, they also built the city's first electric streetcar system, which ran between uptown and their 442-acre south Charlotte suburb.

Road construction crews unearthed the system's tracks last year on East Boulevard. The art project's organizers hope to see some of the track incorporated into the sculpture.

"It's the 120th anniversary of Dilworth," Walker said. "We thought, 'Let's honor our founding. Let's use some of the streetcar track.' "