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Art Smart - Old Growth
Art Smart - Old Growth

By Bernie Petit

Asheville-based artist Hoss Haley designed Old Growth, the 40-foot, 20-ton sculpture that stands tall at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Wilson Air Center, to evoke the presence of a tree.

But the massive public work of art, completed last summer, is more than Haley’s version of a towering oak; it’s an exploration of the relationship between people and trees.

The outstretched limbs of Old Growth mimic the canopy a large tree provides, and cars and buses easily pass underneath the sculpture’s lowest branch. In all of its grandeur, Old Growth shelters visitors in a dramatic shadow. Over time and through the elements, the color of the corten steel forms will become a beautiful, earthy rusty red.

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

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

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