Wanderwall, an 18,000 sq. ft. sculpture by world-renowned, Brooklyn-based artist and Architect DPLG Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY is nearing completion. This project adorns the parking deck at the new Novel Stonewall Station is the result of a unique collaboration between Crescent Communities and Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council (ASC). It serves as a colorful new welcome as you enter uptown from I-277 and South End.
Drawing upon imagery from Charlotte’s financial industry—among the most active in the country—the folded metal facade describes elements of flows and networks, with a labyrinthine porosity that allows light through to the garage interior.
Wanderwall is an architectural façade that operates as art at the urban scale. The three-dimensional building skin is made of 5,768 sheets of folded and perforated aluminum that, when installed, will form a colorful motif that can be read from a distance and alter the character of the building up close. It will wrap the 7-story exposed parking structure serving the 459-unit multifamily and mixed use development and will result in one of the largest public art works in North Carolina. Most notably, it will also serve as an innovative solution to a community development challenge.
“We’re interested in producing several scales of experience with this piece. It acts as an iconic signal in uptown, drawing interest from a great distance, at the speed of a car or a casual stroll,” said Fornes. “From the street, you are able to discern its integral patterns and engage in what we call ‘visual wandering,’ where you lose yourself in the piece. Up close, the details come into focus: you can perceive its depth and intricate connections. Within the parking garage, the porosity that patterns the exterior projects dynamic light inside.”
All images courtesy Arts & Science Council.