We found downtown Charlotte to be a busy vibrant colorful city. Parking was easy in the multiple public parking lots that you might find. Most everything is within an easy walk that you want to see.
In our earlier entry, we referred to fresco artist Benjamin F. Long, IV and that he had been commissioned to do 14 fresco’s in North Carolina. There are four in the Charlotte downtown area. Two of them are in Bank of America buildings, one is at the First Presbyterian Church and finally the fourth at the Law Enforcement Center. One can walk to all four of these fairly easy. That is, if one follows directions and doesn’t turn in the wrong direction, taking us eight blocks out of our way! Ha ha, that’s exactly what David did to us. He paid for this mistake by having to buy a bigger lunch than planned. The largest fresco on three huge panels can be seen after World Headquarters Bank of America, however photos are not allowed to be taken in the building. The first fresco picture you see is the ceiling piece, think “Sistine Chapel”, at the Transamerica Square, named “Continuum”, completed 1997. The second fresco, completed in 2001, you’ll see a picture of is in the First Presbyterian Church, incidentally the oldest standing church in Charlotte. While gazing at this “Good Samaritan” fresco, we were approached by Nancy who is the tour guide of the church. Nancy voluntarily took us on an extensive tour of this famous old church. The third fresco you’ll see is at the central desk of the Law Enforcement Center. Though it was completed in 1996, it is untitled and clearly of a variety of law-enforcement situations.