Charlotte’s New ‘Wanderwall’ Ranked Among The Top 50 Public Artworks in America

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photo by NAARO

One of Charlotte’s biggest displays of public arts has just been ranked as among the Top 50 in America built in 2018.

According to The Public Arts Network, Charlotte’s new 18,000 square foot ‘Wonderwall’ installation is “a dynamic cultural asset for the City of Charlotte, Wanderwall celebrates the spirit of growth and discovery.”

The entire display is made up of 5,768 individual pieces and climbs over 8 stories tall, wrapping around the Southwest and Southeast sides of the new Stonewall Station parking garage.

photo by NAARO

The Public Arts Network goes on to describe the art piece in poetic fashion:

“Wanderwall makes an impact at the urban scale as it catches high-speed glances from motorists on the adjacent freeway. From the sidewalk, it is a tectonic experience, as the pleated contours and patterning come into closer focus. Viewed from the garage’s interior, the porosity of the patterns cut into each individual part produce a tracery of dynamic light. A novel approach to façade systems, Wanderwall is suspended as one continuous piece, without the use of a secondary support structure. Unlike a typical panelized system, the skin is assembled onsite as a unified, ultra-thin surface, and the gentle pleating provides structural depth for the one-eighth inch material to continuously span both elevations. The 16-inch deep directional folds across the structural skin borrows from the concept of nappe—a geological term relating to both the movement and form that creates the earth’s peaks and valleys over their tectonic history.”

Wonderwall now joins Metalmorphisis, CPCC’s Bronze Angel, and our numerous building-size graphitti art installations in enhancing Charlotte’s world-class art scene.

Wonderwall was finished in 2018 by Crescent Communities and Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council at a cost of $1.4 million.

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  1. So is this piece called “Wanderwall” or “Wonderwall”? The headline and the quote from Public Arts Network both refer to it as “Wanderwall” but the author of the article keeps calling it “Wonderwall”. Just curious which is correct. Also, took a picture of this when it was first built, absolutely love it.