The mirrored statue in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is called “Firebird” and was created by pop artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
“Firebird” stands 17 feet tall and is meant to be touched, walked under, and it clearly makes a statement. It took me a long time to snap a few pictures without people under it or standing by it. “Firebird” has been called, “…the sculpture is a whimsical, bird-like creature covered from top to bottom in pieces of mirrored and colored glass.”
In 2011, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art hosted “Niki de Saint Phalle – Creation of a New Mythology” the traveling exhibition where more of Niki de Saint Phalles’ artwork and sculptures were displayed.
“Firebird” is a permanent structure in front of the museum, 420 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202.
More information on Niki de Saint Phalle.