Charlotte – Firebird Sculpture

Affectionately known as “Disco Chicken” by area residents, the shimmering Firebird sculpture was installed in 2009, and stands at the entrance of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. The statue stands over 17 feet tall and weighs over 1,400 pounds. The entire statue is covered from top to bottom in over 7,500 pieces of mirrored and colored glass. The piece was created in 1991 by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

Charlotte – Firebird Sculpture

Charlotte – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a 36,500-square-foot museum space dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. The museum is designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. A key design element of the four-story structure is the soaring glass atrium that extends through the museum’s core and diffuses natural light throughout the building.

Charlotte – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Charlotte in the Middle

Charlotte is a major city and commercial hub in North Carolina. Its modern city center (Uptown) has tall buildings with eye-pleasing architecture.

King George III still ruled the Colonies when European settlers chartered the town back in 1768. They named the new hamlet after the King’s wife, Queen Charlotte.

We will be posting images of Charlotte over the next several weeks. Here is a sign depicting Charlotte in the center of the region.

Charlotte in the Middle