Charlotte, NC is not a walking city. Its downtown, financial center – also known as Uptown Charlotte — is encircled by several highways, practically trapping would be walkers in its relatively small confines. That said, it is a clean, modern and delightfully creative city. I was blown away by the attention to artistic detail — sculptures placed just so, benches that are not just a place to sit but also a piece of art, and historical reminders of the Charlotte that was.
Conclusion: I wouldn’t make a special trip to Uptown Charlotte, but if you happen to be there, definitely walk around and enjoy the city.
Note: I was too lazy to shlep the DSLR camera, so these are all iPhone photos.
These clever signs are plentiful in the small park area known as “The Green.”
I love how the sign merges into its surroundings.
Did you know there are so many Charlottes in the world? I did not.
Charlotte Liberty Walk. I have no idea what it is, but it seemed like something I should take a picture of.
Sculptures of frolicking children are cleverly placed in this fountain (currently under construction).
Apparently, something important happened here.
Awesome or ugly? I vote for awesome.
This mosaic of recycled glass is entitled “Effervescence.” I found it on a random wall in Charlotte.
The children’s library did such a wonderful job designing its front yard, even I couldn’t resist jumping all over the letters.
More important historical stuff.
I have to wonder: How do they know that?
Awesome modern sculpture in front of the Museum of Modern Art.
A mosaic bench. I like this.
Who needs a boring park bench when you can have cool retro furniture?
Brick children clamoring over a life-size book. Mind…blown.