Over The Moon

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Client: KDC Development

Location: Richardson, TX, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $400,000

Project Team

Client

KDC Development

KDC Development

Architect

Corgan Architecture & Design

Corgan Architecture & Design

Artist

Gordon Huether Studio

Gordon Huether Studio

Overview

“Over the Moon,” a 25’H x 25’W x 5’D sculpture, was created for CityLine, a $1.5 billion mixed-use residential development in suburban Dallas. The piece is made of Aluminum Tubing, Plexiglas and Composite Materials.

Goals

In developing the concept for "Over the Moon" it was a goal to emphasize the local identity and history of Richardson, TX in a unique and inventive way. The sculpture is one of five public art installations for CityLine intended to activate the development's streetscape. Huether’s concept honors Texas’ rural ranching heritage in the context of the region’s changing urban landscape. The iconic Texas longhorn, jauntily sitting atop the moon is a familiar and welcome symbol of Texas, and the moon’s curved profile resembles the letter “C” as in CityLine. By incorporating playful elements like the steer and the moon, the sculpture embodies the true feel of CityLine, a work-live-play environment where active families and busy professionals gather and enjoy its plentiful amenities.

Process

Huether and his Studio team worked closely with Corgan Architecture & Design and the Architectural Arts Company, through which this installation for KDC Development was commissioned.

Additional Information

Gordon Huether Studio used an innovative approach in fabricating "Over the Moon." The Longhorn was digitally rendered, fabricated with CNC carved composite materials, treated with airbrushed paint detailing and then finished with layers of durable clear coat. The moon has an internal frame built with aluminum tubing that was then clad with high-density, hard-coated Styrofoam, patterned to mimic the moon’s surface. At night, "Over the Moon" is illuminated with color-rotating LED lighting.