It's lit on the Rail Trail. Head out to South End for the first "I Heart Rail Trail" festival from February 14th - February 29th.

Internationally renowned light installations are now on the Charlotte Rail Trail to kick off a year-long partnership between U.S. Bank and the Rail Trail called I Heart Rail Trail. The I Heart Rail Trail initiative will feature events large and small to activate the Rail Trail and enhance the experience of this 3.5-mile linear park. I Heart Rail Trail: Lights will feature four interactive light installations spread along a one-mile stretch of the Rail Trail from Carson St. to Sycamore Brewing. 

The partnership between U.S. Bank and the Charlotte Rail Trail is part of U.S. Bank’s Community Possible initiative. Their unified giving and engagement strategy Community Possible focuses on closing the gaps between people and possibility in the areas of Work, Home and Play. They believe the building blocks of all thriving communities where all things are possible include stable employment opportunities, a home to call your own, and a community connected through culture, arts, recreation and play. Visit www.usbank.com/community for more information.

Here's what you can expect to see:

 

Serge Maheu - Passage

Located next to Post South End Apartments - 222 E. Bland St.

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 also 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. Each configuration has its own ambiance. 

Passage refers to this enigmatic moment between life and death, figured here as a pleasant space as part of another temporal dimension. A personal and sensory experience that remains playful. 

Learn more here.

Christopher Janney - Sonic Forest 

Located next to 1100 South Apartments - 1100 South Blvd. 
 

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. 

Learn more here.

Owner: PhenomenArts 
Tour producer: Creos 

Angelo Bonello - Run Beyond 

Located near Sycamore Brewing.

"Run Beyond" is a work that focuses on the leap that we all have to make, sooner or later: the leap to freedom. Which freedom that is, Bonello doesn't specify, that is up to the spectator to decide. 

Learn more about the artist and his inspirations here. 

Collaboration between Charlotte Center City Partners and U.S. Bank - Echo

Located near West Park Avenue and Camden.

Echo is a kinetic display of light and sound designed to capture the energy of city life. Echo stands 9 ft 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 senses. 

A map of the art installations is below!

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