"Ascendus" - CODAworx


Submitted by Ed Carpenter

Client: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

Location: Charlotte, NC, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $500,000

Project Team


Ed Carpenter

Working drawings & renderings

Oahn Tran

Working drawings & renderings

Curtis Pittman

Metal Fabrication




Custom fittings & hardware

West Coast Wire Rope

Glass Fabrication

Haefker Studio

Glass Fabrication

Glass Strategies


Howard Brothers Electric

Project Administration

Arleen Daugherty


Mitchell Kearney


Ed Carpenter


“Ascendus” suggests the excitement of flight and evocations of wings, feathers, and, especially, ascent. Rising to a height of 60′ against a background of beautiful native trees and shrubs, it is a prominent icon at the turnoff to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and visible from several adjacent roadways. The high tech forms and materials of the sculpture are illuminated at night by fifty-four LED flood lights mounted throughout the structure. Implementation of “Ascendus” was a collaboration between Ed Carpenter Studio, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Arts and Science Council of Charlotte, SteelFab of Charlotte, and the consultants, suppliers, and sub contractors listed in details.