My City/Town – Week #5 Photo Challenge

This week my photo challenge was to photograph my city, Charlotte, North Carolina and post three photos to the blog. Charlotte is such a big city, I have lots of options for finding photographs.

Here is a skyline view of Charlotte taken last summer.

Cloudy Charlotte Skyline
Cloudy Charlotte Skyline

A structure which dominates the skyline in Charlotte is the Duke Energy Center. It‘s the tall building on the far left in the above picture. As you are driving into the city, the building rises above all the other skyscrapers and is notable for the lights which outline the building. The lights on all four corners  will change color depending on the holiday  (e.g. Christmas) or during a sporting event in the city. For instance, team colors can be seen seen from Bank of America Stadium during Panthers Football Games. 

Duke Energy Center
Duke Energy Center
The Duke Energy Center is 786 feet tall containing 48-floors and is the largest building in Charlotte (in square footage), second tallest building in Charlotte (Wikipedia).

Directly below the Duke Energy Center skyscraper is a statue called “The Firebird.”  The Firebird is a bird-like creation, covered in mirrors and colored glass, and, it is a permanent artwork in the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on South Tryon Street.

The Firebird, Charlotte Street Sculpture
The Firebird, Charlotte Street Sculpture
The artist of “The Firebird” is Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) a French-American, who created the work in 1991.  I’ve heard differing opinions about “The Firebird” sculpture but I personnally like the reflections seen in it and the flowing lines. By the way, this statue was completed in 2010, the same year as the Duke Energy Center.
Next blog:  In Charlotte, there are so many opportunities for photography. I’m enjoying being a ‘fly on the wall’ or ‘eye on the street’ in Charlotte. So I am extending the city/town challenge for 4 more weeks. Each week will have a different location.
Next Challenge will be the NoDa area. If you happen to be in Charlotte or living in Charlotte, notify me via email (see below) and we can join up to explore and photograph. I would love the company.
And, If you are following along on the challenge, take photos in your City/Town and post 3 of the best to my Facebook page or email me: phyllis@pdpetersonphoto.com/blog.