Completed Projects

​CityLYNX Gold Line Public Art

Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

Reminiscent of days gone by, the CityLYNX Gold Line project revives streetcar transportation in Charlotte, and the public art in each shelter honors memories specific to the Queen City. Project artist Nancy O’Neil delved into archives, libraries, and personal collections to uncover treasures of the City's bygone days. Her carefully crafted collages of photographs, manuscripts, maps and other materials are encapsulated in the glass windscreens of each passenger shelter like a permanent city wide family album to share with generations to come.

​All photos © JoAnn Sieburg Baker

        Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'NeilThe CityLYNX Gold Line begins at the Charlotte Transportation Center, by Time Warner Cable Arena and travels through the Government District, past Central Piedmont Community College on Elizabeth Avenue, and ends in front of Novant Health on Hawthorne Avenue.

O’Neil was inspired by these areas directly adjacent  to the streetcar stops to create unique designs  for each of the 11 shelters so that when standing in a shelter, the rider can both experience the location in the present while considering the area's past. 

Watch the video interview above with Nancy Gutkin O'Neil to learn more about the artist and her art along the line, or click on the images below to find details and sources of the materials used for each shelter's art.

​              Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

​​CTC/Arena Stop

The art highlights commerce and travel on Trade Street.

Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

Davidson Street Stop

The artist honors those who work to keep the City safe.​

Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

McDowell Street Stop​​

 The art celebrates the diversity and history of Charlotte's First and Second Wards​.

Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

Central Piedmont Community College Stop​

 The art focuses on education and aspiration as well  as development along Little Sugar Creek.

Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

Hawthorne & 5th Street Stop​

 The art considers Charlotte's first public park and a hospital with an educational history.

Glass Artwork by Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil

Artist Bio

Nancy Gutkin​ O'Neil is a glass artist living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work centers around research-based glass collage fabricated in a variety of ways and her true passion is capturing the study of place and the passage of time. O'Neil has been working in the public art sector since the 1980s, a field she enjoys because of the opportunity to create on a larger scale and for a broader audience. O'Neil earned a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.