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​BLE Elevator Towers​​

The elevator tower art concept was inspired by Charlotte’s impressive tree canopy, which blankets homes and streets throughout the city. Although magnificent when fully leafed, it is the supportive, branching structure of the trees that most informed artist Susan Brenner’s design. In winter, she sees these dark limbs contrast with gray skies as drawn lines would on a blank page.


 

The artist manipulates the tree forms and transforms them with a process similar to what she uses in her paintings, creating layers of overlapping color and line abstracting the image into something new and intricate. The art will be in the glass panels walls of the elevator towers at the University City Boulevard and JW Clay Stations.
 
The design for the University City Boulevard Elevator Tower is loaded with color and appears abstract, with only an implied branching structure emerging from the image. The JW Clay tower design consists of a multitude of deep crimson branches filling a cone-like tree shape​
 
 
                             Side view of JW Clay Station Elevator Tower                 


 The cohesive yet abstract designs will span the three stories of the towers, providing color while retaining their transparency in order to allow riders both within and outside the towers a chance to appreciate the art.

Front view of University City Boulevard Station Elevator Tower


The artist’s design references that as the trees of Charlotte constantly grow, branch out, and circulate nutrients, the light rail and elevators will circulate and move the citizens of Charlotte.

Artist Susan Brenner worked closely with Peters' Studio and their glass fabricator to ensure that the art glass has transparency and accurate color. ​


 

A 30" x 30" sample of the University City Boulevard Tower art casting patterns onto the concrete.


 

​Artist Bio

Recipient of the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Grant, Susan Brenner is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist, and recently retired from her position of associate professor of Painting at UNC Charlotte.​​ Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Hanes Gallery on Wake Forest University’s campus, the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, and the University of Colorado at Denver. Brenner earned her MFA from the University of Southern California and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.