By Bernie Petit
The Hugh McManaway Sculpture at Providence and Queens roads is one of the most celebrated public art pieces in Charlotte. It’s also a focus of local celebrations, regularly decorated in hats and scarves or adorned with heartfelt signs to mark weddings, graduations, birthdays and anniversaries.
The golden statue, created by Elsie Shaw and installed in 2000, is a loving tribute to Hugh McManaway, the longtime Myers Park resident and self-appointed traffic director at the busy intersection during the 1950s to 1970s. McManaway, considered an eccentric by some but adored by most, died in 1989. However, in spirit and in statue, he’s still directing traffic. That’s reason to celebrate.
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This article ran in the February 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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