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Queenly Walks of Art: Charlotte Walls Worth Second Looks

Inner-city murals brighten otherwise drab spaces on both public buildings and private businesses in the Queen City.

Large canvases beckon artists into inspiration, and visitors can see plenty of evidence of that on walls in Charlotte’s inner city.

Take for example, the exterior of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, where “Divergent Thread, Lucent Memories” (pictured above) beckons a second look with its bright colors that glow from the foothills of Uptown. Artist David Wilson, of Apex, N.C., says the 2009 work was inspired by African history and quiltmaking, in addityion to such artists as Picasso, Matisse and Charlotte’s renowned Romare Bearden.

Art opens otherwise bland, empty walls at private businesses to further introspect, too, as attested by these photos:

Queenly Walks of Art: A Slideshow

(All Photos By Chris Edwards)