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Old 06-25-2015, 06:00 AM
 
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NY has several internationally-known monuments (Empire State Bldg., Chrysler Bldg., Rockefeller Ctr., Times Sq., etc.)

Paris has the Eiffel Tower.

London has the Tower Bridge.

Rome has the Coliseum.

LA has the famous sign.

Should Charlotte Commission a grandiose monument, so that when people around the world see it, they'll immediately recognize it as Charlotte?

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Old 06-25-2015, 06:12 AM
 
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Only if you pay for it!
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:16 AM
 
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Charlotte already has a statue symbolizing the ' Queen City' at its gateway to the international sky.



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Old 06-25-2015, 06:18 AM
 
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But it's not grand, and no one outside of Charlotte knows it.

I'm talking about spending hundreds of millions to build something huge and iconic that the world would come to know, and when it's shown in the media, people would say "That's Charlotte."
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:20 AM
 
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To directly answer your question, "no"

I say that because of the implication it is for the Charlotte city council to somehow just decide and authorize. The problem is that they don't have a few hundred million just laying around and frankly no developer is waiting with baited breath of the artistic and architectural suggestions of a municipal city council.

You also can't really force a landmark or an internationally recognized building/sign/art to happen.

The examples you cited are good examples for those cities, but some are the result of the era (from Great Depression with the Public Works Project) to World's Fair and there was rationale for building those buildings beyond the idea of just making a landmark that would forever be synonymous with the city.

Also the case of Times Square is an interesting example as it went for decades as a bad symbol of all that was wrong for NYC.

The point I'm trying to make is that you can't commission/force architectural kismet.

That said - I think our skyline is already becoming a recognizable skyline for people thanks to the BoA and Duke buildings in particular.
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:24 AM
 
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Charlotte has Worlds tallest Giga Coaster, its very Grand A statue that moves
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:30 AM
 
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If a photo of the Charlotte skyline was shown to 1,000 Americans, let alone 1,000 people in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, 99.9999% would not know it's Charlotte.

Also, I'm not necessarily taking about a publically-funded monument. A NYC developer is spending $100m on a 200' sculpture by Thomas Heatherwick at the Hudson Yards.

Barry Diller and Gloria Vanderbilt similarly donated $150m for a Heatherwick-designed floating park in the Hudson River.

Even the Wall Street Bull, which was donated, has become known throughout the world. There are always international tourists lined up to take photos with it.

Maybe BofA, Wells, Duke, etc. Could underwrite it.

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Old 06-25-2015, 06:46 AM
 
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If a photo of the Charlotte skyline was shown to 1,000 Americans, let alone 1,000 people in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, 99.9999% would not know it's Charlotte..
This could be said about Dallas, Houston, Denver, Minneapolis, Atlanta (except maybe if they watch Walking Dead), Orlando, Sacramento, and numerous others.
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:55 AM
 
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I agree. Those cities might want to do the same thing to generate national and international recognition.
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:11 AM
 
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I agree. Those cities might want to do the same thing to generate national and international recognition.
But you can't just artificially "generate" that kind of recognition.

And skylines are overrated unless you are one of the top global alpha cities which Charlotte is not. That's not a knock on Charlotte but a statement on the context of a internationally recognized skyline.

Portland, Oregon has international recognition but not it has little in the matter of a skyline of note or landmark along the lines of what you mentioned.
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