That one mile is from Sycamore Brewing to Carson Street. The following light rail stops will get you along this stretch of the Rail Trail:
- Carson Street Station
- Bland Street Station
- East/West Blvd Station
The light installations are part of a year-long partnership between U.S. Bank and the Rail Trail. You can expect to see more surprises throughout the year.
There are four different installations along the Rail Trail. Descriptions and photos below are Charlotte Center City Partners.
Sonic Forest: An Urban Musical
Next to 1100 South Apartments across from Carson St. Station
Artist: Christopher Janney
Sonic Forest is a multi-sensory, interactive installation that is part of Christopher Janney’s “Urban Musical Instruments” series. The “Sonic Forest” is composed of 16, eight-foot-tall by ten-inch diameter columns each containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors. Touching the electronic trees triggers a series of events-from an original score of melodic tones, environmental sounds, and spoken or whispered expressions to an ever-changing color palette of LED lights. Everyone who walks through this instrument calls up their own “musical oasis.” The entire installation will sound the time of day each hour. A “ghost in the machine” will trigger the installation at random moments, and the installation will “play by itself’ for short intervals when no one has passed through it.
Next to Post South Apartments near Bland Street
Artist: Serge Maheu
Passage is an immersive, minimalist, contemplative and interactive artwork that explores the emotional connections we develop with light and sound. The concept of the artwork takes root in the definition of the word passage itself: the act of moving through or past something on the way from one place to another, and the process of transition from one state to another in a temporal dimension. The installation consists of 20 circles of light that form a tunnel which bystanders will go through, and a sound system. The passage through the tunnel activates light animations and sounds.
Artist: Angelo Bonello
‘Run Beyond’ is a work that focuses on the leap that we all have to make, sooner or later: the leap to freedom. Artist Angelo Bonello doesn’t specify what freedom that is—so it’s up to the spectator to decide. “This work is about the power of imagination; a force that is so strong that it allows individuals to overcome their fears and limitations so that they can open themselves up to other cultures, new friendships and unknown worlds,” Bonello says.
Kingston Plaza near Dilworth Artisan Station
Echo is a kinetic display of light and sound designed to capture the energy of city light. Echo stands nine feet tall with interlaced LED light ribbons and a shimmering metal base to reflect the light. The light sculpture “learns” from previous impulses and sound waves to create a dazzling and mesmerizing impact on the scenes.