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Locals and Visitors Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Iconic Firebird Sculpture in Charlotte

Chance to win $555 in Firebird Photo Contest, events at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and more

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  (Nov. 17, 2014) – The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) is partnering with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Charlotte’s iconic and beloved Firebird sculpture throughout the month of November. Visitors and locals are invited to show their love for the Firebird by participating in the Firebird Photo Contest for the chance to win $555. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will also be hosting special events in November to honor the Firebird including a gallery talk about the Firebird on Monday, Nov. 17 and a Firebird-themed chamber music performance on Sunday, Nov. 23.


From the business crowd to skateboarders to kids in awe by its beauty, the Firebird sees many visitors each day. Check out a day in the life of the Firebird in this special time-lapse video: http://youtu.be/kVHRZoKDC2E


Visitors and locals are encouraged to post a creative picture with the Firebird (taken in the past or present) to their social media channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with #cltfirebird for the chance to win $555 or a Firebird prize pack from the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The winners will be chosen based on creativity and artistic use of the Firebird, and the top five photos will be framed and displayed at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The contest will run through Sunday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Official content rules can be found at www.charlottesgotalot.com/firebird.

Here's how the contest works: 

1. Go to the Firebird in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Uptown Charlotte (or look through your old photos to find a picture with the Firebird you’ve taken in the past).

2. Take a super artistic and unique photo with the Firebird. It can be a selfie on your phone, taken with a GoPro or snapped with a camera! The more creative the better!

3. Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag ‪#cltfirebird (you can also tag @theBecthler and #charlottesgotalot, but this will not affect your chances of winning).

4. Tell your friends!



The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is celebrating the Firebird’s fifth anniversary in Charlotte with special events in November including:

Modern Mondays Gallery Talk: Iconography of the Firebird

Monday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will hold a gallery talk about the iconography of the popular outdoor sculpture. The panel includes Constance White, VP of public art for the Arts & Science Council; Gina Sheridan, VP of marketing & communications at the CRVA; Michael Weinstein, features editor at The Charlotte Observer; and Christopher Lawing, VP of programming and research at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Topics of discussion will include the artist, history, popularity and marketing of the Firebird followed by a Q&A session.

Music and Museum Chamber Music Concert: Tribute to the Firebird

Sunday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. 

The Bechtler Ensemble will perform works by Prokofiev, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla and Glass in a Tribute to the Firebird.  Music and Museum is an innovative classical music concert/lecture program that fuses image, music and conversation to provide a deeper understanding of selected artistic works. Commentary by museum staff connects the aesthetics and artistic principles that drove both the music and the visual art.

The Firebird: Celebrating Five Years in Charlotte Exhibition

Through Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

This special exhibition highlights the presence of the Firebird from its 2009 installation on the Bechtler Plaza to its current popularity with the public and myriad photo seekers.


While the Firebird has become deeply rooted in Charlotte’s southern soil, the glimmering mosaic sculpture’s journey actually began in Europe more than 20 years ago. French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) created the work of art in 1991. Since its creation, the Firebird has been on display in various exhibits in Paris; Bonn, Germany; Geneva; Basel, Switzerland; Chicago and Atlanta before it permanently landed in Charlotte. It was delivered to the museum in October 2009 and was unveiled to the public in November 2009. 

The Firebird is a jewel in the crown of public art in the Queen City and an icon in Uptown Charlotte. It is becoming to Charlotte what Cloud Gate, or the bean as many call it, is to Chicago. Taking a picture with it has become a must-do activity when visiting the Queen City. Learn more about the Firebird’s story at www.charlottesgotalot.com/beneaththeglass.  

About the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) 

The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of our visitors and residents. Through leadership in destination development, marketing and venue management expertise, the CRVA leads efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community. Brands supported by the CRVA include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Visit Charlotte in conjunction with the region’s destination marketing brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot.’ For more information about Charlotte, visit www.charlottesgotalot.com.

About the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures in modernism. The museum is located at Levine Center for the Arts, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte. Operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. For museum details visit www.bechtler.org