STEELE CREEK NEWS
Requested for New Police Station Artwork
2011) Construction has begun on the new Steele Creek Division Police
Station at the corner of South Tryon Street and Westinghouse Boulevard.
New Police Station to be Accessible and Environmentally Friendly,
March 10, 2011.) A key component of the new facility will be public artwork
front of the building.
In March 2011, the Arts
and Science Council (ASC), the City of Charlotte, and a
Steele Creek community representative selected artist
Billy Lee for
the commission for the artwork. He would like to solicit
participation from community residents before he begins the design
of the sculpture. "I need specific information I can translate into
a simple visuals which would be recognized by the residents. When I
say simple visual, it is rather like designing a logo which can
communicate a person or place," Lee said.
Questions you might want to consider in crafting your ideas are:
there symbols that represent your community?
- Are there nicknames or other colloquialisms that could be
- Are there specific things that you wish not to see?
you are interested in participating, please send your comments in
the form of an email to Nicole Bartlett of ASC by Friday, October 21st at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "Steele Creek
CMPD Project" in the subject line.
Charlotte City Council
adopted an ordinance in May 2003, allocating 1% of capital
improvement projects construction funding to public artwork.
Eligible capital improvement projects include buildings or open
space that are accessible to citizens. ASC manages the
Public Art Program for the
City of Charlotte. The budget for the Steele Creek artwork is
Artist Billy Lee was born to Chinese and Dutch parents in South
Africa. He was educated in England and holds an MFA from the Royal
College of Art, London. He was awarded the designation of Kennedy
Scholar, which enabled him to study at the Center for Advanced
Visual Studies at MIT where he is a Fellow. He is the only artist to
ever receive the award of Kennedy Scholar. Exhibiting and creating
sculpture internationally for more than 20 years, his works are
located in collections worldwide – the UK, Hungary, China, Japan,
Chile and recently Abu Dhabi, UAE. Lee is currently living in the
US and is a professor at the University of North Carolina at
Lee works with stone,
steel, and bronze. Images of some of his work are below.
Stainless Steel, 14' x 6' x 6'
Shanghai Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China
Black Painted Steel
10.5' x 5' x 5' & 7' x 5' x 5'
Black Painted Steel, 12' high & 10' high
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro NC
Black Granite, 16' x 6' x 7.5'
Chin Pao San Memorial Rose Garden, Taipei, Taiwan
Billy Lee designed and fabricated a 20 foot diameter polished
stainless steel sculpture with Arabic calligraphy, reflecting
the culture and environment of Abu Dhabi at the 2010 Abu Dhabi
(United Arab Emirates) International Sculpture Symposium.
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