By Bernie Petit
In the philosophical world, a circle represents enclosure, coming together and embracing. A tree signifies growth, protection and stability. These two timeless symbols are synced in Canopy, the public artwork that serves as the centerpiece of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Steele Creek Station, to which it was dedicated, and as a captivating display at South Tryon Street and Westinghouse Boulevard.
Created in 2012 by Billy Lee, the painted aluminum sculpture reflects both the police station and the Southwest Charlotte community, connecting the two. The circle is an apt symbol for the police force, which exists to protect and serve, while the tree is the center of a community, with its roots planted firmly in the ground.
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