Story by Bernie Petit // Photo by P. Beeman
“You say goodbye and I say hello.” The Shuffletown Hand can be thought of as doing both, waving hello to the future and fondly waving goodbye to past elements that shaped Charlotte’s Shuffletown area, which surrounds Bellhaven Boulevard and Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. The Beatles would be proud. The mechanical steel hand, created in 2009 by Pete Beeman, slowly opens and closes as the crank is turned. It can be seen as catching or throwing a ball, speaking to the intended use of the Shuffletown Sportsplex, where it is located. The painted Christmas tree lights on its tower side are a nod to the drag strip once found on the site.
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This article ran in the September 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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