By Bernie Petit
You might have to crane your neck in order to appreciate Continuum, the first curved surface exterior fresco by Ben Long.
The public artwork, completed in 1998, is located in the dome of Transamerica Square on North Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte.
The fresco features several faces and images iconic to North Carolina—from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s mascot, Ramses, to former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Hugh McColl, who can be found casually looking out from the edge of the painting.
The work also includes a self-portrait of the painter at his easel, with his wife and four sons beside him.
This article ran in the 2017 February issue of Charlotte Happenings magazine.