Seen those new brilliant-colored tubes along Charlotte’s light rail? Here’s what they are
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Seen those new brilliant-colored tubes along Charlotte’s light rail? Here’s what they are

The “something” architect David Furman was talking about, an intriguing South End public art collaboration, is now indeed done: “The Color Forest,” a new, eye-catching sculpture formed by 100 brightly colored poles along the Charlotte Rail Trail at Bland Street in South End. And the collaborators he was addressing? Not just artist Ivan Toth Depeña , but also Glen Nocik, who, with his wife, Maria Nocik, owns ASCM (American Classic Sign Manufacturing), a South End design and construction firm now branching into art fabrication and installation. While folks in the far-flung suburbs may not know much about the Rail Trail phenomenon , to residents and workers in the ever-growing South End, the Trail and its catalogue of idiosyncratic public art has quickly become one of the main organizing features of their lives, a boulevard for runners, commuters, cyclists and scooters. Architect Furman, the principal of Centro CityWorks , was the originator of the Rail Trail, and he’s been spearheading that enterprise for several years. For this project, he worked with Historic South End to hire Nocik to fabricate and install “The Color Forest” to Depeña’s design and specifications. Nocik was attracted to this collaboration from the outset: In addition […]

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