Gift of Independence Square Associates. 1978.89
Arnaldo Pomodoro is an internationally-celebrated contemporary Italian sculptor whose works can be seen at locations ranging from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, Va.) and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens (Washington, D.C.) to the United Nations Headquarters (New York, N.Y.) and the Vatican Museum (Rome, Italy). He has participated in the Sao Paolo Bienal (1963), and the Venice Biennale (1964 and 1988). Many of his sculptures are in the form of spheres and discs and like Il Grande Disco, at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets in Uptown Charlotte, contain a contrast between their smooth golden exteriors and their rougher, darker interiors, suggesting a process of self-destruction and regeneration. This extraordinary gift to the people of Charlotte was made possible by the vision, drive, and leadership of Hugh L. McColl, Jr. exemplifying corporate generosity towards the Mint and the arts in our great city.
Image © James Martin 2014