Monday, October 26, 2009

'Firebird' has landed

A large white tent positioned in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art was my clue. I was heading back from the Starbux at The Square and spotted it. Hmmm. It's right where the Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture The Firebird is supposed to go. Being a snoopy journalist, I concluded it might well be a tent covering the sculpture itself.

I jaywalked across Tryon and noted that the yellow "keep out" plastic tape was down on the sidewalk side, i.e. public right of way, so I walked up and peeked through the openings in the tent. Saw a ga-zillion small mirrors.


The Firebird landed on Saturday, arriving in two pieces, on a truck. (The photo above was taken Saturday by Observer staff photog Yalonda M. James. The man depicted is Andreas Bechtler, whose art collection the museum will house.) It's now under a tent while it's being worked on by conservator Lech Juretko, who'll be cleaning it, replacing damaged tiles, etc. Official unveiling will be Nov. 3 - Election Day.

The Firebird is mirror mosaics over polyester, on steel innards. The late de saint Phalle (1930-2002) created it in 1991. Bechtler press info says it's 146 inches (12 feet) tall.
I think it is destined to become a Charlotte favorite. As such, it will need a name. Birdie? FB? Sparky?

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

how about Sunny?

markupton said...

Big Bird seems appropriate

Anonymous said...

Boo Radley ?

Anonymous said...

Looks like Disco Duck

Anonymous said...

nick mackey

tozmervo said...

Tucan Sam on LSD

Anonymous said...

The Giant, Shiney Walk-Though Crotch

Anonymous said...

how about "Mr. Bs' Bird"?

Anonymous said...

bob johnson, and promptly run it out of town

Anonymous said...

I hope taxpayers did not pay for this so called art.

Anonymous said...

I heard that Obama may win a Nobel piece price for this statue

Anonymous said...

Gosh, seems like a lot of the people who post comments on your blog think they are comedians... except their not very funny.

Ryan said...

If you are going to try and criticize the president you might want to hide your lack of intellect and learn how to spell peace.

Before any of the neo-cons get hot in their britches, this is part of the Bechtler privately owned collection. This entire museum will hold many "pieces" of this collection.

Anonymous said...

Ryan, I'm no genious myself, and I don't care for the President, but I'm prrrrrretty sure that 'piece' was the meat of the joke. You know, since it's a 'piece' of art? And he never said one critical thing of Obama. I personally thought it was very witty. Next time we'll have Jon Stewart write it for you. Now brush that chip off, and go back to your Daily Show. :)

Anonymous said...

A fantastic piece of art. Is it going to be located outside? I hope not, because someone will probably come along and vandalize it.

majaia said...

I think 'Firebird' works just fine for a name. I'm just so pleased that Charlotte is getting more real art and not topiary basketballs like the old coliseum. The Firebird looks great!

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Anonymous said...

Mary Newsom?

WashuOtaku said...

I got a picture of it Saturday as well, but it was being put together at the time.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/washuotaku/4040780741/

Anonymous said...

Looks like the girl who works at Baby Dolls.

Anonymous said...

Firebird? How about Fire Fox?

Anonymous said...

Readership has declined about 10% from Arpil to September. Soon everyone at the Observer will be fired. Too bad the Observer can't produce a product the market place wants.

Anonymous said...

Keep it up Mary! Good postings on art scene which is a real treat for the city when we need it most - bad football both pro and college and pro basketball. Never mind the no-minds who have no class or left brain capacity to appreciate the creative culture. At least we have it and another choice for those who appreciate art. Maybe those who don't like it can go to the waste water treatment center and hang out - you will make each other very happy!

Bob said...

Glitter Ball Pants. Yep... the name's gonna stick... Glitter ball Pants.

Anonymous said...

It's the statue of the METROSEXUAL of Charlotte.

Anonymous said...

the lasting impression of the cardinals destroying us in the playoffs last year?

Anonymous said...

There is certainly no discussion on the name. 'Firebird" is already simplified enough from "Grand Oiseau de feu sur l'arche" made by world-renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Charlotte is VERY lucky to have gotten this beautiful piece! Pictures don't do it justice. Go there and BE there. It's magical!

J said...

Maybe I'm a little slow... what made you think of "Sparky?" I kind of like that name.

I don't think someone is going to vandalize it. I do expect a hobo to start camping under it to beg for money though.

Mary Newsom said...

Sparky, cause it sparkles. Or it will when the sun shines.

Anonymous said...

I saw this thing over the holiday weekend. It's horrible to say the least. I am fine with some city tax dollars going towards art but so far I haven't seen anything in Charlotte that is pleasing to the eye.

Except for this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21097952@N02/2322184644/