Sculpture of Queen Charlotte
A private group known as the Queen’s Table agreed to donate $250,000 for a sculpture that would be designed to symbolize our city and to greet those that pass through Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The artist for the project was one of sixteen other artists chosen for the job. A rendering of Queen Charlotte by Washington D.C. artist, Raymond Kaskey, was the group’s unanimous choice. The sculpture is a 15-foot-high bronze figure of Queen Charlotte that was designed with the use of a model, Megan Berryhill. The sculpture stands as the centerpiece in the Queen’s Courtyard between the two parking decks. There have often been many assumptions made about why the sculpture is shaped the way it is. Some believe it is bent like a willow branch, appearing to be held aloft by the wind. Kaskey simply says that he made her “leaning backward in the wind because it seemed appropriate for an airport…and the column sets her as a stationary weather vane.” The emblem of the fountain and base is a compass rose, suggesting Charlotte is a crossroads. Queen Charlotte is positioned atop a column, which is also a water fountain, and stands in the middle a water filled base. The base includes markings indicating North, South East & West. The crown in her hand is counter-balanced with the backwards motion as a welcome sign to the pedestrian.” The sculpture was dedicated to the airport September 18, 1990.
Queen Charlotte’s Temporary Location
Due to construction of the new Hourly Deck and Consolidated Rental Car Return Facility, Queen Charlotte was relocated in January, 2013, to a new location between the Daily decks, north of the terminal. Here, she resides, until the terminal expansion project is complete. Queen Charlotte’s courtyard contains hollis, nandinas, roses, star jasmines and pernnials. Many of the plantings are original to her first courtyard location and were replanted. Historical markers were also relocated with the queen.