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By Bernie Petit

“Charlotte is a grid of roads, tracks and flight paths that cross back and forth like the warp and weft of a weaving,” said artist Andrea Myklebust.

The patterns created by travel served as the inspiration for Myklebust’s Heritage 4 Charlotte, the sculptural project installed in 2008 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s daily parking decks.

The public work of art uses the metaphor of cloth, in which separate strands are woven together to become one strong fabric, to connect present-day Charlotte to the cultural traditions of the region’s native people. However, instead of looping threads of twine, the visual work unites limestone, stainless steel, bronze and lights to create a colorful vertical tapestry.

For more information on public art in Charlotte, visit artsandscience.org.

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

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