CLT Relocates Queen Charlotte to Make Room for Construction of New Hourly Deck

Charlotte Douglas (CLT) has relocated the Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg statue between the Airport’s two Daily parking decks to make room for construction of the new Hourly Parking Deck and Rental Car Facility.

The relocation began at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 3 and was completed on Saturday, January 5. The 5,000-pound statue was lifted off her pedestal in the Queen’s Courtyard by Associated Mechanical Erectors (AME) Incorporated using a crane and placed in a foam-padded cradle for transport by trailer to her new location. 

The statue is visible from the Airport’s entrance roadway and from the Daily East and West parking decks. This location is temporary. Tentative plans are to house the Queen inside the front of the terminal building, once it is expanded within three to four years.

Washington, DC-based artist Raymond Kaskey designed the Queen Charlotte sculpture. Kaskey was also commissioned for the Four Figures in The Square statues located at the corners of Trade and Tryon Streets in Uptown Charlotte.

The 15-foot tall bronze sculpture was a gift from the Queen’s Table – a small group of anonymous donors who celebrate Charlotte by quietly finding and filling needs that are not otherwise being met to enhance aesthetics and quality of life in the City.

Queen Charlotte was first installed at CLT in September 1990 in honor of Queen Charlotte Sophia for whom the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are named.
  • Height: 15 feet
  • Weight: 5,000 pounds (2.5 tons)
  • Material: bronze
  • Artist: Raymond Kaskey
  • Dedicated in September 1990
  • Temporarily relocated from the Queen’s Courtyard to a pedestal between the Daily East and West parking decks.
  • The display’s seven placards identifying various cornerstones of the Charlotte and Mecklenburg region’s history have been relocated to the same area as well.

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Pictured: Queen Charlotte statue at CLT Airport.
Photo Credit: David Neal
Copyright: Raymond Kaskey

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Pictured: Queen Charlotte statue is installed at CLT Airport in 1990.
Photo Credit: Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Copyright: Raymond Kaskey

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