Art Comes to Life.
Discover South End Interactive, where viewers can scan a QR code with their cell-phone camera and watch a video of the artist, generate site-specific face filters, and explore a 3-D model of the piece.
Currently, you can interact with 10 South End murals and learn the stories hidden behind the artwork, told by the artists themselves.
Use this list to plan your South End Interactive walk! Tag your photos with #SouthEndInteractive and let us know which piece is your favorite. Art is everywhere in South End, and there's a discovery around every corner.
Artist: Lo'Vonia Parks
This mural is sponsored by Brand the Moth and their META Mural Arists Residency Program. Meet Thomas Edison. The artist portrays Edison who came to Charlotte in 1890 after the discovery of gold. It was thought that gold may be mined through the use of electricity. While Edison did not end up using his invention for gold mining, he did work with the developers of Dilworth to create Charlotte’s first electric streetcar. Learn more about the history of Edison, and Lo'Vonia Parks' inspiration.
307 Lincoln Street
Artist: Georgie Nakima
Georgia Nakima is inspired by traditional African patterns and textiles, and often creates strong and fierce women figures. Nakima crafted the “M” in the Black Lives Matter mural in Uptown Charlotte and continues to use her platform with “the intention to inspire and connect artistry with the real world in hopes to shift perspectives towards truth, justice, and beauty.” (gardenofjourney.com). Hear her story.
Bland Street, on the backside of Lost & Found
The Good of the Hive
Artist: Matt Willey
The Good of The Hive is sponsored by Flower Child. The Good of the Hive® is an idea, a movement, an organization and an adventure founded by artist Matt Willey. Matt is on a personal commitment to hand-paint 50,000 honey bees – the number necessary for a healthy, thriving hive – in murals around the world. The mission: ignite radical curiosity for planetary health issues through art and storytelling.
Flower Child, Camden Rd.
Artist: Gina Elizabeth Franco
The Krispy Kreme mural was Commissioned by Asana Partners, a real estate development firm located in Charlotte. 60 individual and personalized doughnuts are painted by Greensboro-based artist Gina Elizabeth Franco. Learn more about this mural and visit the only Krispy Kreme vending machine in Charlotte.
2116 Hawkins St.
From the Stillness
Artist: Nick Napoletano
In this mural, a young girl stands in front of a map of the world and holds a mask with a seedling growing out of it. In her backpack, she carries gifts to bring to essential works. Created by Nick Napoletano, this mural was painted amidst the pandemic in 2020, and aims to instill hope for what lies ahead.
201 Rampart St.
Artist: Grace Stott
The Hive is a 95 square foot mosaic mural of handmade ceramic tiles. Local landmarks are sprinkled throughout the interlocking pieces, creating a surreal adventure map of Charlotte. Throughout the mosaic, there are a hundred custom portraits and icons that represent landmarks, individuals, and small businesses in the community.
2250 Hawkins St.
Luke Kuechly Tribute Mural
Artist: Matt Hooker and Matt Moore
The Luke Kuechly tribute mural is a favorite among sports fans. Luke Kuechly, a Carolina Panther's retiree visited the mural during creation.
1411-A South Tryon
I Have Seen the Future and We’re All In It
Artist: Mike Wirth with Arko and Drew Newpher
Story: Developer White Point Partners commissioned artist Mike Wirth to paint three walls of the building located at Dilworth Artisan Station. He worked with Arko and Drew Newpher for over a month painting this enormous project. 300 gallons of paint and primer and over 100 hours went into this piece.
This mural is all about history. Start on the parachute side. The Dilworth Artisan Station building was one of the original mills located in the South End area. During WWI, the mill converted to making parachutes for the war effort. Find the landing zone and snap your photo so that you “nail your landing.”
On the Rail Trail side, bottles of pop and gas bubbles celebrate the factory which at one time manufactured carbonated sodas. On the third side, a multi-cultural Rosie the Riveter reminds us of the women who worked in factories of the past and today. At the far-right corner, a giant leg brings out the hosiery mill history and a certain holiday film classic. The oversized frame is a connection to the current and long-operating framing business still located in the building.
118 E. Kingston Avenue at Dilworth Artisan Station
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