CHARLOTTE, NC – Northwood Office is pleased to introduce CREATE Ballantyne, an extensive art program coming to its Ballantyne campus. The company has partnered with Blumenthal Performing Arts, ArtPop Street Gallery, Charlotte is Creative and The Savage Way to bring a host of immersive exhibits, murals, sculptures and more to the south Charlotte community.
"CREATE Ballantyne has been in the works for a long time,” said Hailey Rorie, director of community relations at Northwood Office. "We are honored to partner with such incredible organizations and bring these captivating exhibits to Ballantyne as an added perk for our customers and guests. Northwood is committed to supporting the local art community, and we're excited to welcome to the Charlotte region to experience and enjoy more inspiring installations this fall."
Blumenthal Performing Arts
In conjunction with the Charlotte International Arts Festival, Blumenthal Performing Arts will bring two larger-than-life installations to Ballantyne’s Backyard. “Man” by Parer Studio will be positioned overlooking a pond, and Architects of Air’s inflatable, immersive luminarium sculpture will be situated on the lawn at the main entrance of the Backyard. The exhibits will be on view from September 16 through October 2. Northwood Office and Blumenthal plan to enhance the viewing experience with local food trucks, breweries, live music, yoga classes and more.
“Man,” a contemporized version of Auguste Rodin’s “Thinker,” is a giant 40-foot seated figure in which the viewer can see the results of man’s self-indulgence and self-importance. “Man” holds his head in search of answers and perhaps what went wrong.
Architects of Air’s monumental Luminarium, a walk-through inflatable sculpture, is immersed in radiant color from daylight shining through the fabric. The structure, designed by company founder Alan Parkinson, is inspired by natural forms, geometric solids and Islamic and Gothic architecture.
Charlotte is Creative
Charlotte is Creative is set to integrate creativity throughout the Ballantyne campus with two custom installations. A Selfie Station, coming in early August, will provide a unique photo opportunity featuring striking colors, cutouts and other immersive elements allowing visitors to interact and capture the moment. In September, sidewalk murals will be on display in partnership with Charlotte’s “Mural Ninjas,” Michelle Gregory and MyLoan Dinh to create a 65-foot mural on the staircase entrance to Ballantyne’s Backyard.
ArtPop Street Gallery
As Ballantyne Reimagined becomes a reality, ArtPop has turned an otherwise drab construction site into an area full of color and vibrancy. Through the work of local artists, billboard-sized, one-of-a-kind banners hang along construction fencing throughout Ballantyne’s Backyard and on Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Also on view now, customized painted picnic tables inspired by elements of nature portraying vivid flowers, butterflies, birds and more can be found in the food truck dining area in Ballantyne’s Backyard.
The Savage Way
The Savage Way, a woman-owned company, specializing in clean graffiti and moss art, has added uplifting messages at 12 sidewalk locations throughout the Ballantyne campus. Using custom stencils and water pressurizers, The Savage Way specializes in creating something out of nothing and spreading positivity with its one-of-a-kind designs.
Ballantyne features 39 Class A office buildings, 4 hotels, 100+ dining and retail options and more.
Ballantyne features unparalleled park space, featuring 20+ parks and ponds adding up to 240 Acres of green space.
Ballantyne features 100+ community and customer events throughout the year.
The Bowl at Ballantyne dining and retail district will open in Ballantyne in 2024.
A 3,500-person amphitheater featuring large-scale concerts, festivals, markets and more will open in Ballantyne in 2023.
For more information on CREATE Ballantyne, community events, project updates and park guidelines, visit goBallantyne.com or follow along on Instagram and Facebook.