Story by Bernie Petit // Photo by Bryan Kale
A feather served as the inspiration for the monolithic Ascendus, the instantly recognizable icon by artist Ed Carpenter, which identifies a key entry to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The form and detailing of the 60-foot tall by 25-foot wide structure, installed August 2012 off Billy Graham Parkway, suggests imagery associated with the thrill of flight and evokes flight. The sleek, contemporary look of the slightly sloping steel sculpture conveys an economy of means and the excitement of modern technology.
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This article ran in the October 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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