The Urban Eddy - my first public art project - Installed:)

It's been six months of work, but really years of dreaming about scaling up my art!

When I won the small Historic South End Creative Lab grant last summer, I wasn't sure if it would be a temporary or larger project. They loved my idea and worked with me to make it happen.

 CLT Powerhouse - BEFORE.

CLT Powerhouse - BEFORE.

 

The CLT Powerhouse (former Trolley Museum) building is a perfect place - with huge clear glass windows and doors - to install my glass water rounds translated onto translucent vinyl. 

TPM Color Lab was my first choice because I had seen other awesome public art projects they'd installed.

 
 Artist's Final Design - CLT Powerhouse.

Artist's Final Design - CLT Powerhouse.

 

After I created the original glass water rounds, they were carefully photographed by Melody Cassen to capture the depth, color, & details of my kiln glass. 

There was some digital magic before files headed over to TPM Color Lab for final stages of printing and install - early last week.

 
 Pile of vinyl rounds before install. (4.5', 2.5', & 1.5' in diameter - to give sense of scale.)

Pile of vinyl rounds before install. (4.5', 2.5', & 1.5' in diameter - to give sense of scale.)

 

Actual install took a couple of days (lot of ground to cover). By midday Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the job was complete. I'm extremely grateful to all the folks that made my dream a reality... Historic South End, Charlotte Center City, City of Charlotte's Urban Planning, other creatives that helped me capture my kiln glass for printing, and TPM Color Lab. (And, of course, the good Lord for blessing me with this opportunity:)

The rest of post is cool pics from install. (Sorry for large size of files. When I resized, they lost clarity. May edit later with smaller images. Had to get on my website. Simply too cool to NOT share. Plus, some of my followers are not on Instagram - which is the main place I'm posting these days. Completely left Facebook at beginning of 2018.)

Enjoy! If you can, go see The Urban Eddy in real life.

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Promise I'll share better images as I get my hands on them.

 
 Day 1 - first area. Placing rounds. (Lots of changes in South End - construction view and across the way is the fabulous & revamped  Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art .)

Day 1 - first area. Placing rounds. (Lots of changes in South End - construction view and across the way is the fabulous & revamped Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art.)

 
 After placement, they cut & adhered one section at a time to glass.

After placement, they cut & adhered one section at a time to glass.

 
 Almost done. Last, most important window - on  Rail Trail  side.

Almost done. Last, most important window - on Rail Trail side.

 
 Outside install view from  Rail Trail .

Outside install view from Rail Trail.

 
 And, done.

And, done.

 

These photos are just to give you a taste of the scale and beauty. But, not one image comes close to what The Urban Eddy looks like in person! (Will share as I get better pictures that capture translucency and luminosity of these rounds.)

Until then, Happy New Year!

Carmella Jarvi