Blueprint for Flight

Submitted by Martin Donlin

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Client: Lovefield Airport, Dallas

Location: Dallas, TX, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $185,000

Project Team

Artist

Martin Donlin

Martin Donlin Limited

Industry Resource

Jan Peters

Peters Glass Studios

Architect

Corgan Architects

Corgan Architects

Art Consultant

Kay Kallos

City of Dallas Public Art Program

Overview

Dallas Lovefield Airport
25 metres wide X 4 metres high
Hand painted ceramic enamel on toughened glass

Goals

The central figure in the artwork is that of Moss Lee Love the pioneering aviator from whom Love
Field takes itʼ s name. To the left of the design a collage of images that are taken
from indigenous plant and bird life; the Pecan Tree and the Mockingbird are
overlaid with a flock of birds in flight. To the far right we can see a historic map of
Downtown Dallas from about the time of the first runway construction at Love Field.
To the left of the map is a large globe showing modern day flight paths around the
world with Dallas as a central location.

Process

I collaborated with a number of local writers to decide on a scheme that would include text and poetry to flow across a large glazed area within the building, after meeting with the architect we decided to use a large coloured glazed area at the exit portal that told a story of pioneering aviators mainly Moss Lee Love

Additional Information

There are multi layers of poems that relate to mans desire to fly: Some of the text is totally legible and sharp to read while other layers of text are seen as soft dream-like “vapour trails” across the sky uniting and connecting everything.