Hodges Taylor facilitated three large-scale public art commissions for a client’s new headquarters in Uptown Charlotte to celebrate the city and the company’s mission. The site-specific works will be completed by summer 2023, freely accessible to the public, and emphasize the company’s commitment to powering the vitality of its communities.

A three-dimensional mural by Nigerian native and Brooklyn, NY-based artist Olalekan Jeyifous symbolizes the rich history and cultural heritage of the former Brooklyn neighborhood, a predominantly Black community in Charlotte’s Second Ward that was razed in the city’s “urban renewal” movement in the 1960s and ‘70s. Rendering courtesy of the artist.

An immersive installation by Chicago-based art duo Luftwerk will be inside the client’s Experience Hall, an extension of the main lobby and casual gathering space during normal business hours. Titled Journey of the Sun, a sculpture of 85 colorful, translucent glass discs will be suspended from the ceiling in a slender, figure-eight curve representing the sun’s path across the sky over the course of a year. The piece also features complementary motion graphic animations to be displayed along the space’s nearly 60-foot-long AV wall. Together, the sculpture and video are designed to capture the movement of time and light, creating an immersive experience for employees and visitors alike. Rendering courtesy of the artists.

Passersby will be greeted with two illuminated sculptures by Charlotte-based artist Ivan Toth Depeña. The pieces visualize photons, the smallest particles of light not visible to the human eye and the basis for solar generation.  Behind the sculptures – the larger of which is nearly 40 feet tall – the building’s façade will feature a six-story panel with a silhouette of Depeña’s interpretation of a photon, creating a striking backdrop to the towering works of art. Rendering courtesy of the artist.