Video: sculpture of Captain Jack, Spirit of Mecklenburg, unveiled
Posted on 21 May 2010 by Justin Ruckman
Probably most surprising was the canon salute they fired from the lawn in front of Tate Hall across the street. You’ll see what I’m talking about in the video, but a camera can’t do the aural and gut-turning sensations of a nearby canon going off justice.
My only question about the whole ceremony was the time of day chosen. At noon, which is approximately when the curtain dropped and Captain Jack was revealed, the sun was illuminating his backside perfectly, but his face and most of the finer artistic details were more or less in shadow. An easy detail, I’m sure, to miss when planning, but important for all the journalists, bloggers and Facebookers there snapping away from the crowd.
No complaints though. It was great to see so many people celebrating Charlotte’s history, something that doesn’t happen nearly enough around here. Even if that history is wildly contested. It’s the “Sprit of Mecklenburg”, in the end, that matters.