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Art Smart: Sedgefield Totem

By Bernie Petit

If one of Charlotte’s newest public works of art makes you think of the 1980s pop band Talking Heads, then you’ve got something in common with artist Paula Smith, who completed Sedgefield Totem in April of this year.

The totem, which grabs attention at its location on Marsh Road, is named for the bygone farm that predated the neighborhood. It includes the visual of a farmer floating over his farm—a predicament similar to the one encountered by the protagonist of the Talking Heads hit “And She Was.”  

“It’s about bringing your own personality and your own life experiences into the piece and going, ‘That song inspired the piece,’” Smith says. “But again, nobody would walk up and say ‘Talking Heads.’”

The artwork is a result of the Neighborhoods in Creative pARTnership initiative launched by the City of Charlotte, the Public Art Commission and the Arts & Science Council to bring more neighborhood-based public art to the city.

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This article ran in the November 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.