CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 26, 2019) – Americans for the Arts honored “Wanderwall,” the 18,000 sq. ft. sculpture by New York-based artist Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY and located at NOVEL Stonewall Station in uptown Charlotte, among 50 outstanding public arts projects created in 2018 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. Chosen by public art experts, the roster of selected projects was unveiled this month at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Minneapolis.
“Wanderwall,” the result of a unique collaboration between Crescent Communities and the Arts & Science Council (ASC), provides a vibrant welcome as you enter uptown from I-277 and South End. The sculpture is an architectural façade that operates as art at the urban scale. The three-dimensional building skin is made of sheets of folded and perforated aluminum that forms a colorful motif that can be read from a distance and alter the character of the building up close. It wraps the exposed parking structure serving the 459-unit multifamily and mixed use development at 400 E. Stonewall Street, creating one of the largest public art works in North Carolina.
“A visionary artist, Marc Fornes was the perfect match for Novel Stonewall Station by Crescent Communities,” said Aldo Muccia, vice president of brand for Crescent Communities. “The site itself is a gateway for the city of Charlotte and Marc captured the vision perfectly. The inspirational ‘Wanderwall’ is truly an art form that leaves much to the imagination and it has become an iconic element of the Charlotte skyline. The Crescent Communities team is truly honored to have worked with Marc and the Arts & Science Council to bring this piece to life.”
“The best of public art can challenge, delight, educate and illuminate. Most of all, public art creates a sense of civic vitality in the cities, towns and communities we inhabit and visit,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “As these Public Art Network Year in Review selections illustrate, public art has the power to enhance our lives on a scale that little else can.”
“Wanderwall” is an innovative solution that transforms a utilitarian parking deck into a canvas for the innovative and visually stunning artwork, said ASC Vice President of Public Art Carla Hanzal.
“Its gateway location ensures high visibility from major roadways as well as a more intimate vantage point experienced by pedestrians and cyclists entering uptown,” Hanzal said. “We are thrilled to have collaborated with Crescent Communities and Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY to realize one of the most exemplary and innovative public artworks of 2018.”
The projects selected for Year in Review can be viewed here.
Images of “Wanderwall” are available here and upon request. Photo credit: NAARO.
ASC is the lead advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.
ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.
About Crescent Communities
Crescent Communities is a nationally recognized, market-leading real estate company specializing in the development and sale of single family, multifamily, commercial and mixed use communities. The company creates high-quality, differentiated communities in desirable locations in many of the fastest growing markets in the Southeast and Southwest. Crescent’s development portfolio includes more than 60 single family master-planned communities, over 32 multifamily communities and more than 20 million square feet of commercial space. Its single family home business operates as Fielding Homes and its multifamily communities are branded NOVEL by Crescent Communities. For more information, visit www.crescentcommunities.com.
About Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY
Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY is a New York-based art and architecture studio specializing in the intersection of unique, spatial experience, and structural performance. The studio’s method is deeply rooted in computational research and digital fabrication to produce public art, installations, architectural skins, and free-standing structures. Over the last ten years, Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY has developed and implemented “Structural Stripes,” a building system by which custom-designed parts form complex, self-supporting curvilinear surfaces.