The owner of the Savona Mill in West Charlotte partnered with Northwest School of the Arts (NWSA), a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) magnet for the visual and performing arts, to create a public art installation in the spring of 2014.
A prominent structure in the neighborhood at 180,000 square feet, the Savona Mill represents a by-gone era of Charlotte's textile industry prowess. Today, it's also visible evidence of the decades of disinvestment that occurred from the second half of the 20th century until recently on Charlotte's west side, it's boarded up windows telling passersby to stay away.
But, as they say, beauty is where you find it. Those same boarded up windows that warned people to “keep out”, also provided the perfect blank canvas for a large art project, while the property awaits redevelopment. So, as part of their spring curriculum, students at NWSA completed original works of art that were juried and reduced to 56 finalists. Each of the finalist pieces were digitally reproduced, enlarged and printed on banner vinyl, then installed on each of the mill’s first floor windows along Turner Avenue. The result was breathtaking.
An official public “presentation” of the artwork will take place on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 5:00PM at the Savona Mill site. All are welcome to attend. For more information about the mill project and the return of one of Charlotte’s most prized relics Trolley Car No. 85, visit argosadvisors.com or lakewoodtrolley.org.