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Charlotte Statue Ranks on 'Ugliest Statues' List

Oct 19, 2018 02:43PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

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A statue in Charlotte has made the list of some of the ugliest statues in the world. The list was compiled on

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Located in front of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a statue of Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz resides in bronze. Raymond Kaskey is the creator of the sculpture. 

The Queen statue is 6th on the list of 12, behind 
Christopher Columbus in Seattle, "El Mesteño" in front of the Denver International Airport, and more. 

Installed in 1990 and relocated in 2013, the Queen Charlotte statue is of Princess Sophie Charlotte, who was one of many children born to the royal German family. She grew up in Mirow, a castle located in a section of northern Germany known as Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

"At the age of 17, she was married to King George III and became the Queen of England," the airport website reads. "Queen Charlotte was very respected. She also introduced the Christmas tree into English culture. In honor of Queen Charlotte and her homeland, in 1763 the English settlers of this area named their newly formed county seat Charlotte and their county Mecklenburg. Queen Charlotte’s crown still remains a symbol of the city of Charlotte today, also known as the Queen City."

The sculpture itself was thanks to a $250,000 donation from a private group called the Queen's Table. The goal was to place something that represented the city of Charlotte and its history, welcoming people from the International Airport. 

Washington D.C. Artist Raymond Kaskey was selected by a 16-person committee through the Queens Table. The sculpture itself is 15 feet high and constructed of bronze.

Kaskey said of the statue's pose on the airport website, “I used her as a mythological symbol. Learning backward in the wind seemed appropriate for an airport and the column sets her as a stationary weather vane. The emblem of the fountain is a compass rose, suggesting Charlotte as a crossroads.  The crown in her hand is counterbalanced with the backwards motion as a welcome sign to the pedestrian.” 

The column stands in the middle of a fountain base with markings indicating North, South, East & West.​​

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