The elevator tower art concept was inspired by Charlotte’s impressive tree canopy, which blankets homes and streets throughout the city. Although magnificent when fully leafed, it is the supportive, branching structure of the trees that most informed artist Susan Brenner’s design. In winter, she sees these dark limbs contrast with gray skies as drawn lines would on a blank page.
The artist will manipulate the tree forms and transform them with a process similar to what she uses to create her paintings. The art will be in the glass panels walls of the elevator towers at the University City Boulevard and JW Clay Stations.
The design for the University City Boulevard Elevator Tower will be loaded with color and appear very abstract, with only an implied branching structure scraping through. The JW Clay tower design consists of a multitude of brown branches filling a cone-like tree shape.