Firebird

A Trifling Place
2:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

A Trifling Place, Episode #17: Charlotte's Public Art

The Firebird mosaic statue by French sculptor Niki De Sainte Phalle (1930-2002), sits on South Tryon Street in uptown. The piece was installed at the entrance to the The Bechtler Museum November of 2009.
Credit Tanner Latham

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Overall, Charlotte has more than 100 pieces of public art. In this episode, we’re going to take a tour of a few of them. 


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DNC 2012
4:22 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Firebird Patrol

Cathie Burns, the collections management assistant at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, stands with the Firebird.
Tanner Latham

One of the most popular Uptown photo ops during the DNC will be the Firebird, the tall, mirrored glass sculpture standing outside the Bechtler Museum. 


That kind of publicity is priceless, but the museum knows the exposure could also attract vandals. And it has taken measures to try to prevent that.

Cathie Burns is the collections management assistant at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. She’s got her normal day-to-day tasks…


“Taking light levels and humidity levels in the galleries, pest management, temperature, things like that,” she says. 

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