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The history of Charlotte's first trolley system and the city's present-day light rail service are linked through Branch Lines, the public work of art created in 2010 by Seattle-based artist Norie Sato.
The history of Charlotte's first trolley system and the city's present-day light rail service are linked through Branch Lines, the public work of art created in 2010 by Seattle-based artist Norie Sato.

By Bernie Petit

The history of Charlotte’s first trolley system and the city’s present-day light rail service are linked through Branch Lines, the public work of art created in 2010 by Seattle-based artist Norie Sato.

The two vertical sculptures, located in the Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum plaza, consist of “trunks” of stainless steel pipes and scaled railroad tracks that form the canopies, or “leaves,” of the abstracted trees.

Because their location is slightly hidden, you may have to go a little out of your way to find them. The sculptures stand just a few steps away from the Bland Street light rail station and the Camden Road/South Tryon Street intersection in South End. Nearby landmarks are Phat Burrito and Black Sheep Skate Shop.

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

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

View our Public Art in Charlotte page.

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