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Former Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess’ Memorial Dedication of Ed Carpenter’s Ascendus


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Charlotte City Council, the Arts & Science Council (ASC), and Charlotte 2012 Host Committee are coming together to kick-off the DNC by paying tribute to former Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess in recognition of the indelible mark she made on Charlotte-Mecklenburg through her thirty-plus years of public service.

The dedication will take place Friday, August 31, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Harris Conference Center - CPCC West Campus and hosted by Charlotte’s Mayor Anthony Foxx, Dan Murrey, Charlotte 2012 Host Committee director, and Scott Provancher, Arts & Science Council president.

“We chose this piece at this time -- it was no mistake. Susan was one of the first proponents for bringing the DNC to Charlotte.” said Mayor Anthony Foxx. “Her work on the Democratic National Committee, as well as her tireless years of service made this a no-brainer -- we must honor her legacy as she always honored the City of Charlotte’s.”

The sculpture is a landmark piece of public art and adds to the airport’s collection. This 60 foot tall by 25 foot wide sculpture is designed to be an instantly recognizable icon located at a key entry way to the Airport. The artist, Ed Carpenter, specializes in large-scale public installations ranging from architectural sculpture to infrastructure design. The artwork is being fabricated locally by Charlotte-based SteelFab.

The City of Charlotte and ASC have been partners for more than 30 years to produce public art that engages residents and visitors, and creates a sense of place. ASC manages the public art program for the City of Charlotte through the Public Art Commission, an appointed body responsible for artist selection, and design reviews and approvals. Funding for the sculpture is generated from the city’s one percent for arts ordinance. Each year an amount equal to one percent of eligible capital projects at the airport is allocated for public art. As the airport is a self-sustaining enterprise fund, revenues from airport user and vendor fees help to fund the aviation public art allocation.

For more information about the public art program, visit