“The perfect pocket park”
The Green is a one and a half acre park at 425 South Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte, NC. At one end of this so-called pocket park are the Mint Museum and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art; at the other end is the Charlotte Convention Center. Next to it stands Charlotte's historic St. Peter's Catholic Church. The Green is the site of various public events, such as movie screenings and free plays, including summer performances by the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival. This park is frequently the site of public art and sculpture, including three giant computer-timed fish fountains, a popular feature with children in the summer. Mosaic benches and stools are tucked away in shady side paths. Five large sculptures by the French artist Nikki de Saint Phalle stood in The Green from January through October 2011. The park has an overall theme of world literature. Prominent among the permanent sculptures are large bronze representations of books from the canon of world literature, for example, Roots by Alex Haley. There are quotes by famous writers and many whimsical direction signs pointing to real places but combined to form the name of well-known authors, for example, signs pointing to Edgar (Wisconsin), Allan (Saskatchewan), and Poe (Alberta). Other signposts point to cities named Charlotte around the world.
Love this little pocket park. I have been in Charlotte for 2 years and work in UPtown and had never noticed it. It is tucked in and once you are in it, you totally forget that there are busy roads on either side of you. So much art tucked away within the park. Has a book/reading theme which is only barely cheesy and mostly really great.
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