Saturday Update – 5:08 PM: Via the Washington Times, the “Sand Obama” has been damaged by the heavy rains experienced earlier today here.
Well, today was the big day for the unveiling of the official stage for DNC 2012 here in Charlotte:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. With images of Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty on large screens, convention organizers on Friday unveiled a transformed Time Warner Cable Arena that will serve as the stage for next week’s Democratic National Convention.
North Carolina delegates get prime seating on the convention floor, seated up front in a hall described by organizers as a “celebration of gathering” with open walkways and exposed staircases.
A 38-foot by 36-foot screen and booming speakers surrounding the delegates give Democrats “the look and feel we need” to deliver their message promoting President Barack Obama’s re-election effort, convention CEO Steve Kerrigan said.
Speaking of Mount Rushmore, “Team Sandtastic” is putting the finishing touches today on a huge sand sculpture of Obama to be on display at the EpiCentre in uptown Charlotte. Via the @graspmyBEAUTY Twitter account:
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15.5 tons of sand were shipped in from Myrtle Beach, SC for this. I don’t know who sponsored it (I don’t think it was paid for with DNC money) but massive sculptures of sitting political figures, especially Presidents, should disturb everyone a great deal (no matter the party), for reasons I don’t have to explain – no matter how well done they are.
No doubt this sculpture will send tingles up the legs of many a DNC attendee, but it will be an especially big deal to MSDNC anchors – whose stage also just happens to be at the EpiCentre (photo taken by me a couple of weeks ago during preparations):
Just a short walk away from the cast and crew of MSDNC to pay their hourly homage. When they’re not on the air, that is ….