Flying Dreams

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Client: Dallas Love Field Airport

Location: Dallas, TX, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $64,000

Project Team

Artist

Simon Donovan

Simon Donovan LLC

Artist

Ben Olmstead

Olmstead Fabrications

Overview

Three sculptures of life-size figures are flying with turning propellers held between their teeth, as they are suspended in front of a photo mural of similar figures flying in a Texas sunsetting sky. The work reinforces the modernization project’s distinctive, contemporary identity for the airport both during the day and at night with a touch of whimsy.
Wall Mural 21’H x 28’10” W x .125” D, Suspended Figures Each 36”H x 6’W x 6’6”D
Medium: Mural = digital print on aluminum composite panels, Figures= 3D printed ASA plastic, acrylic paint and coating,

Goals

The work is a site-specific response to the assigned Love FieldAirport's new Ticketing Hall Elevator Core space both in terms of logistically utilizing the available wall/airspace and thematically.

Process

Coordination with the project architect, project manager, and construction crew for accurate field measurements, electrical connections, etc was imperative.

Additional Information

Sometimes we wish we could simply fly ourselves. This at least, has been the artists‘ lifelong fantasy. Dreams of having the innate bird-like ability to fly are common in all cultures. Here we become airplanes.