CTC/Arena Stop Art Windscreens
This stop on Trade Street is no stranger to the rush of intersecting modes of transportation or the bustling activity of crowds. Since the mid-1800s and the boom of the cotton trade this location in the Queen City has been a hub of trade and travel. These two shelters contain a collection of materials focused on the concepts of people in motion, whether through transportation or the excitement of events.
The artist chose a unifying background in both the inbound and outbound shelters to give the viewer context of the area: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provide colorful framework for the art and show the location of this stop as it appeared in 1929, with the Cotton Platform and railroad tracks. Today the LYNX Light Rail runs along the corridor originally named “A Street,” which later became the freight rail line for the transportation of cotton from farms to mills in what we now know as NoDa and SouthEnd.
CTC/Arena Outbound Windscreen Key
1. 1929 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map of the immediate area of this stop location. These highly detailed maps were originally created for assessing fire insurance liability in urbanizes areas, but now serve as a very accurate record of past building locations.
2. Antique engraving of a cotton plant by Jaques-Nicolas Tardieu. Tardieu was a well known 18th century engraver who lived in Paris. The artist chose to use this cotton plant engraving because of the significance of the Cotton industry through the 18th and 19th centuries in Charlotte
3. Railroad workers and engine circa 1895. The railroad's route through Charlotte was pivotal in transforming the city into a major hub of trade in the Southeast. Nearby farmers would bring harvested cotton to Charlotte where it would be distributed throughout the region by train. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
4. Deed of property circa 1850 gives the right of way for what was originally A Street, now College Street (to the east of B –Brevard and C-Caldwell) to the railroad company. This is where the light rail tracks are today, bisecting uptown Charlotte. Courtesy of Mecklenburg County Mapping.
5. 1930's Hayes Bus Line vehicles buses parked in front of Firestone Tire & Rubber on 5th street. These buses ran from Charlotte to Columbia, SC. Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
6. CTC/Arena Station on the the CATS LYNX Blue Line. The Blue Line opened in 2007 and is the first rail line of its kind in the southeast.
7. 1920s parade float sponsored by Charlotte company J&D Tires. A historic streetcar is visible in the background. Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
8. Cover of a 1914 Southern Railway timetable program. Photo courtesy of Tom Hanchett and Levine Museum of the New South.
9. Eadweard Muybridge, Running Man, part of the Animal Locomotion series of 1887-1888. Muybridge is famous for pioneering work in stop-motion photography and creating seminal work on people and animals in motion. His work here illustrates concepts of movement and technology.
10. A rare photograph of two women driving a horse and buggy from Thomas B. Hoover’s Livery Stable in Charlotte, circa 1905. The image was captured in front of the Church Street entrance of the luxurious Selwyn Hotel, open 1907-1964. Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
11. Checking out a bicycle from the B-Cycle Station outside the Wells Fargo atrium. Temporary bike rentals are a more modern means of transportation in the Uptown Charlotte area. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer.
12. Newspaper Article from the Charlotte Observer, March 15th, 1938 about the last day the trolleys ran in Charlotte.
13. Scene with streetcar. Photo courtesy of NC Office of Archives and History, Public Service Branch.
14. Photo of Blandine M. Gray, Charlotte's first female bus driver circa 1970. A Charlotte Observer photo provided by Tom Hanchett of the Levine Museum of the New South.
15. Buses parked in front of trolley car barns on South Boulevard in 1936. Drivers are Paul Harris, R.H. McLendon, Harry Culp and Dowd McCrorie. Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
16. Piedmont and Northern Railway car #5101 with Pantograph instead of a Trolley Pole. This car was retired in the mid-1950s. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer.
17. Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad Pass for the year 1868. Photo courtesy of Tom Hanchett and Levine Museum of the New South.
CTC/Arena Inbound Windscreen
1. 1929 Sanborn map that includes the Cotton Platform, located at this site, and railroad.
2. Antique engraving of a cotton plant by Jaques-Nicolas Tardieu.
3. Davidson College fans cheer on the Wildcats in a game against NC State Wolfpack, December 2008. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer.
4. Historic photo of workers loading bales of cotton onto a train on the Cotton Platform, circa 1900. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
5. Eadweard Muybridge Running man. Muybridge is famous for being a pioneer in stop-motion photography. He created seminal work on people and animals in motion.
6. Time Warner Cable Arena seating chart for music events.
7. The Charlotte Checkers' mascot, Chubbie, and a happy fan. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Checkers.
8. 1935 official map of Charlotte created by the Office of the City Engineer. Courtesy of North Carolina Collection at UNC Chapel Hill.
9. Hockey seating chart for Charlotte Checkers games at Time Warner Cable Arena.
10. Charlotte Checker's player. Photo by Greg Forwerk, courtesy of the Charlotte Checkers.
11. Checkers fans dance during a break in periods at Checkers v. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer.
12. Shaw University's Lady Bears celebrate their CIAA Women's Championship game victory in 2013. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer.
13. The NC delegation cheers at the Democratic National Convention. Charlotte drew international attention when selected to host the Convention and President Barack Obama at the Time Warner Cable Arena in 2012. Photo by Steve Jessmore, courtesy of the Charlotte Observer.
14. Time Warner Cable Arena seating chart for music events.
15. Crowd waiting outside the arena for Paul McCartney concert in 2010. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer.
16. Historic trolley token. The artist noticed in her research that not only is this token a reminder of the way Charlotteans used to pay for transit, but the wedge-like shapes also resemble the patterns in the arena's seating diagrams. Image courtesy of the Charlotte Trolley Museum.
17. Time Warner Cable Arena seating chart for professional basketball events.
18. Historic image of Confederate Naval Yard, formerly at this site. It was moved from Norfolk, VA to Charlotte in 1862. The Confederate army commandeered the Mecklenburg County Iron Works on East Trade Street right next to the NC Railroad. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Collection at UNC Chapel Hill.