For a while now you may have noticed the large question mark on the back of the Design Center Water Tower. That question mark will be replaced shortly with the new artwork above from Jeff Thomas who was selected the winner in the 2013 Highest Design Competition. This year’s theme was “What Rythm Do You Pick Up in South End?” and if you look closely at the images within the design you’ll see they are photos from his time spent in South End over the past year. Congrats Jeff. The full press release is below with more details about Jeff and the CMS school he partnered with who will be the recipient of the art and school supplies.
2013 “Highest Design” Water Tower Art Contest Names Winning Artist and
Awards Billingsville Elementary Art & Learning Supplies
Charlotte, NC – May 9, 2013 – The Design Center of the Carolinas unveiled the winning work of art in its 4th annual “Highest Design” Water Tower Art Contest, sponsored by Ram Realty Services, at a special Design Center event on May 9. Jeff Thomas and his original work “6/8” garnered 2,322 votes to capture the prize. Jeff also won the contest in 2012 with his work, “I Am/We Are.”
Local artists competed online for votes to win the opportunity for their work to be displayed on the highest canvas in the city, a 125’ water tower, the landmark of Historic South End. “6/8” will be replicated onto a large horizontal vinyl canvas and installed on the Design Center water tower in June. This year’s theme was “What rhythm do you pick up in South End?”, allowing artists an opportunity to illustrate the vibe that inspires them in South End. The contest began January 22 and online voting ran from March 27 – May 3, 2013.
Jeff was presented with a $1,000 check by Ram Realty Services. Thomas said about his inspiration for the winning piece, “South End is a lot of things. It’s loose and light, and full of creativity. It’s the inspiring and the inspired. It’s the song you’ve known for years being played by a band you’ve only just heard. It’s a little quirky. A little loud, a little off center. It’s an Irish jig in a Mexican restaurant and it’s awesome.”
Ram Realty Services is donating art & learning supplies to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School, Billingsville Elementary, that Jeff championed. Principal Arlene Harris was on hand to accept the award. The supplies will be delivered at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. Mrs. Harris shared, “Jeff has been a strong supporter of Billingsville Elementary for the past two years. Our school staff, faculty and parents worked hard to get out the vote. We even had our church families voting daily. These supplies really make a difference to our kids.”
“When we see the community support for this contest, we know we really have created something that goes beyond the Design Center and truly makes a difference. Every year the contest grows and the water tower has become a canvas that showcases the creative energy that is South End.” said Ivy Greaner, Chief Operating Officer, Ram Realty Services.
About Design Center
The Design Center of the Carolinas is ideally located between Camden Road, West Tremont and Worthington Avenues in the Historic South End of Charlotte, NC, along the LYNX Light Rail at East/West Blvd. A signature example of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, DCC is comprised of three distinct buildings featuring exposed brick, expansive windows and compelling architectural details, giving a vintage vibe to contemporary workspace. Its trademark water tower is also a landmark of Historic South End and a symbol of its urban redevelopment. This unique workspace is designed to bring life to a progressive mix of showrooms, studios, offices and event spaces, resulting in a one-of-a-kind gathering place for creativity and forward-thinking businesses. For more information, please visit www.designcentercarolinas.com or contact Peter Katz at (704)971.6522 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding leasing opportunities.
Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties. Ram has raised two closed-end private equity real estate funds: Community Reinvestment Partners LP and Ram Realty Partners II LP. Since 1996, the company has deployed $1.5 billion in real estate transactions. Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida, Charlotte and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ramrealestate.com.