STEELE CREEK NEWS
for New Police Station Public Art
2011) At its meeting today, the
Public Art Commission of the Arts and Science Council
Lee to be the artist for the public art that will be located
at the front of the new station for the Steele Creek Division of
the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The budget for the
artwork is $36,000.
The artwork will be directly
in front of the station at the corner of S Tryon Street and
Westinghouse Boulevard, just to the left of the flagpoles in the
Lee is a professor at the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro. His work is on display around the world.
Artistconnect.org states "Working in stone, steel and
bronze, Billy Lee is an internationally renowned sculptor bringing
industrial materials to life. Creating work minimalist in style,
Lee's sculpture have a anthropomorphic quality that is powerful yet
subtle." Because of the amount budgeted, the piece likely will
be made of steel.
The backup choice is
Dillon from near Atlanta, who operates a blacksmith shop
called Dillon Forge. His work includes
Fire Bird located at Charlotte Fire Station 39. Many of
his pieces include parts that are moved by the wind.
The selection still must be
confirmed by the Arts and Science Council, and the artist must
accept the offer. The piece should reflect the character and history
of Steele Creek. The artist will do research and consult with people
in the community to come up with the final design. That process will
Once the new police station
and artwork are completed, the corner of S Tryon Street and
Westinghouse Boulevard will become a distinctive focal point of the
To read more about
the selection and to comment on this
story please visit the
Steele Creek Forum.
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