“Ascendus”

Submitted by Ed Carpenter

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Client: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

Location: Charlotte, NC, United States

Artwork budget: $500,000

Project Team

Artist

Ed Carpenter

Working drawings & renderings

Oahn Tran

Working drawings & renderings

Curtis Pittman

Metal Fabrication

SteelFab

Installation

Metrolina

Custom fittings & hardware

West Coast Wire Rope

Glass Fabrication

Haefker Studio

Glass Fabrication

Glass Strategies

Lighting

Howard Brothers Electric

Project Administration

Arleen Daugherty

Photographer

Mitchell Kearney

Photographer

Ed Carpenter

Overview

“Ascendus” suggests the excitement of flight and evocations of wings, feathers, and, especially, ascent. Rising to a height of 60′ against a background of beautiful native trees and shrubs, it is a prominent icon at the turnoff to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and visible from several adjacent roadways. The high tech forms and materials of the sculpture are illuminated at night by fifty-four LED flood lights mounted throughout the structure. Implementation of “Ascendus” was a collaboration between Ed Carpenter Studio, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Arts and Science Council of Charlotte, SteelFab of Charlotte, and the consultants, suppliers, and sub contractors listed in details.