Raymond Kaskey

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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A Trifling Place
5:53 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 8: The Story Behind Those Big Statues On Independence Square

The Sculptures on The Square at Trade & Tryon in Uptown Charlotte. Clockwise from left: Commerce, Transportation, Industry and The Future.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / flickr/lumierefl

OK, lots of cities have a Square. There’s Red Square, Times Square, St. Peter’s Square to name a few.

And then … there’s Independence Square. Where’s that, you ask? Charlotte – at the intersection of Trade and Tryon.

In case you didn’t know, this intersection is where a Native American trading path - Trade Street – crossed what used to be called the Great Wagon Road, which we now know as Tryon.  

Today, the intersection is named Independence Square to recognize the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. County leaders signed the document on May 20, 1775, declaring freedom from tyranny … I mean England … more than a year before the Continental Congress did it in Philly.

Four statues at each corner of the intersection further distinguish the square. These statues are the subject of this edition of A Trifling Place

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