The firebird at the Museum of Modern Art is a commonly photographed piece of art in Charlotte. Given it is covered in mirrors it presents many photo opportunities on bright sunny days. In fact, September of 2011, I shared a self portrait taken from the reflections from the mirrors. However, for this post I chose to share a photo of the firebird in the early morning with the lights in the background.
Notice that the sculpture is a bird-like creature which sits on a perch. Both the firebird and perch are covered in mirrors so it is easy to envision this is something other than a bird … a cowboy perhaps (smile).
The firebird stands in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Uptown Charlotte. The photo was taken at the intersection of Tryon Street and Levine Avenue of the Arts. The firebird was created in 1991 by the French/American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Interestingly the press release states that it is “privately-owned public art” and is a permanent fixture in the Bechtler Museum.