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Grandiflora

In 2000, North Carolina artist Thomas Sayre was commissioned to create the privately funded public artwork commonly referred to by the somewhat derisive nickname âOnion Rings.â
In 2000, North Carolina artist Thomas Sayre was commissioned to create the privately funded public artwork commonly referred to by the somewhat derisive nickname “Onion Rings.”

Story by Bernie Petit 

You either love or hate Grandiflora, the prominent sculpture that defines the corner of Randolph and Wendover roads in Charlotte. You probably just don’t know the piece by its actual name. In 2000, North Carolina artist Thomas Sayre was commissioned to create the privately funded public artwork commonly referred to by the somewhat derisive nickname “Onion Rings.” Since then, people haven’t been shy about voicing their opinions about one of Charlotte’s most discussed public artworks. However, public art is intended to evoke emotion.

So whether you call it Grandiflora or the “Onion Rings,” the artwork succeeds in doing just that. For more information on public art in Charlotte visit artsandscience.org.

This article ran in the July 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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