NoDa Cloud Wall dedicated to artistic legacy of NoDa neighborhood and features wishes of NoDa residents
CHARLOTTE, NC (March 22, 2023) – Grubb Properties has enlisted local artist Elizabeth Palmisano to install a major art project on the parking deck of the future Link ApartmentsSM NODA 36th.
NoDa Cloud Wall, a 23,000+ square foot, multi-dimensional, sculptural mural, will cover the three exterior walls of the parking deck, ensuring maximum visibility for the neighborhood. The new NoDa landmark will be completed by the end of the third quarter.
The 534-unit Link ApartmentsSM NODA 36th, located on the former site of Herrin Bros. Coal & Ice at the corner of 36th St. and the light rail, includes one commercial and two residential buildings, all served by a 566-car parking garage. Like all Link ApartmentsSM communities, it will provide essential housing for Charlotte, targeted at those in the middle of the income spectrum.
NoDa Cloud Wall will directly reflect the NoDa community. Palmisano will gather handwritten wishes from NoDa residents to inscribe on the back of the fabricated metal clouds that will compose a significant portion of the artwork. A calendar of upcoming wish-gathering events is available at www.ellafaeart.com/NoDaCloudWall.
“NoDa is the artistic hub of Charlotte, and we wanted that reflected in our Link Apartments community,” said Brian Bradley, Senior Associate of Development, Grubb Properties. “Elizabeth was the perfect partner, both for her artistic talents and for her passion for bringing the wishes of community members quite literally into the art.”
“Involving the people who live and play in NoDa in this project is important to me,” says Palmisano. “When people are invited to share their voice in the development where they live, they feel like they truly belong.”
Grubb Properties has a long history of supporting community-driven art at their Link ApartmentsSM communities. Recent examples include murals from local artist Sharon Dowell throughout Link ApartmentsSM Montford 2 in Charlotte, and “Resilience – Still I Rise,” a steel sculpture incorporating beams, vines and leaves from artist Mona King at Link ApartmentsSM 4th St. in Winston-Salem NC.
About Grubb Properties
Grubb Properties, founded in 1963, is a vertically integrated real estate fund manager focused on the Essential Housing space through its Link ApartmentsSM brand. The company targets residents earning between 60% and 140% of area median income (AMI), directly addressing a growing crisis for essential housing, while providing residents with exceptional living spaces. Grubb Properties maintains a long-term perspective and its careful and measured approach to real estate investment has delivered resilient and impressive returns. Grubb Properties has received numerous sustainability designations and recognitions, and undergoes annual ESG assessments through GRESB. For more information, visit www.grubbproperties.com.
Grubb Properties’ CEO Clay Grubb is the author of the book “Creating the Urban Dream: Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis with Compassion.”
About Elizabeth Palmisano
Elizabeth Palmisano is an award-winning mixed-media installation and fiber artist living and working in Charlotte, NC. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and museums such as The Mint Museum, The McColl Center, and Bliss Gallery. She was voted “Best Visual Artist” in the QC Nerve 2020 and 2022 Best in the Nest Awards. As a boundary-pushing fiber artist, Elizabeth combines abstract painted surfaces with textiles and collage, creating rich, multi-layered compositions. Experimentation, exploration, and play are key to her creative process. Each piece serves as a visual prayer, an affirmation, or an intention. Palmisano’s “Wishes and Whispers” was on display during the 2022 Charlotte International Arts Festival, inviting the public to engage with art in a playful way and reveal the wishes of Charlotteans hidden within. The installation is a physical manifestation of hopes and dreams collected during Palmisano’s residency as a Blumenthal Fellow at Immersive Van Gogh Charlotte in 2021.
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