Take an Early Stroll Through the Public Art That Will Decorate New Love Field Airport

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Tom Orr's Intersected Passage, which visitors to Love Field will walk under beginning some time in 2013.
We're still waiting to see with which concessionaires the city will fill a Distinctively Dallas Love Field, which is in the process of being modernized from now till 2014ish. But this afternoon, the council's newly resurrected Arts, Culture & Libraries Committee will get a sneak peek at the $3.284 million worth of pubic art set to decorate 11 sites scattered throughout the airport upon the occasion of its construction completion.

First, fret not: The original 1958 world map terrazzo floor and Waldine Tauch's The Texas Ranger of 1960 statue, currently keeping watch at the Frontiers of Flight, will remain. But most everything else will be brand-new -- beginning with artist Dixie Friend Gay's North Texas Sunrise, a wall of ceramic tiles that'll be part of the new ticket hall-lobby set to formally open November 1, 2012. Also first on the to-do list: local artist Sherry Owens's nine-foot-tall bronze trees that'll be planted in the courtyard garden off the main lobby, otherwise known as the secret smoking porch.

Not all the pieces have yet been approved by the Office of Cultural Affairs. A few have the potential to impress, like those suspended sculptural installations made of brass beads and steel chains; one or two look a little grade-Z Gallerie in their conceptual forms. One could-be highlight is Dallas native Tom Orr's Intersected Passage, seen above and again in the briefing, which is "inspired by the 1950s era entrance sign on Mockingbird." Also: Look at the fine print in some of the terminal layouts, and you'll also see a heretofore overlooked (by us, anyway) addition to the modernization plans: "potential performance area," and not just one.

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Hhstark
Hhstark

I am also impressed.  The choices for art works seems very thoughtful.  I especially like the Tom Orr piece.  It will be magnificent in real life.  To be able to walk under and beside such a composition will really activate the imagination.

Catbird
Catbird

I like it. Congratulations to Dan Hursin!

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Overall, I'm impressed by what they have planned, especially the Orr piece and the suspended chain things.  And I love the fancy luminarias.

heart and soul
heart and soul

OK. That looks like crap. Let me get my Lego set out. I think I can top that.

Not Eponymous
Not Eponymous

"beginning with artist Dixie Friend Gay's Dixie Friend Gay, a wall of ceramic tiles that'll be part of the new ticket hall-lobby...." 

This made me click through to the sneak peek PDF to see what kind of art an artist would name after herself. Looks like it's actually called North Texas Sunrise. 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Personally, I think the former would have been a better name than North Texas Sunrise. Alas, it's been fixed. Thanks, NE. And: Cafe Bustelo.

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