Red Tail

Submitted by Peter Mangan

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Client: Texas Tech University Public Art Collection

Location: Lubbock, TX, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $67,000

Project Team

artist

Peter Mangan

Peter Mangan

project coordinator

Emily Wilkinson

Texas Tech University

Overview

An abstracted redtail hawk with kinetic glass feathers heralds the entrance to the Museum of Texas Tech University. The sculpture also complements a new eco-garden. Freedom, nature, and aspiration are evoked from this soaring creature. The sculpture is 20′ x 10.5′ x 4.5′. Both the steel frame and stand are galvanized and patinated. 136 triangular feathers swing to and fro in the wind. Each feather has black or red enamel designs permanently fired into the fused glass. In the evening, the double bird silhouette is illuminated by custom LED lighting.

Goals

The goal was to update a spartan uninviting entrance to this 1970's museum. An eco-garden consisting of native plants and reused materials gave an organic feel to the new entrance. The sculpture was to complement the eco-garden. The vertical sculpture added a local bird to the nature scene and lifted ones eyes skyward.

Process

The process of creating this sculpture took about a year. Emily Wilkinson was the project manager who coordinated the project. Engineers, contractors, fabricators, and a lighting company were all utilized to complete this project. Although there were a few bumps in the road, the final result was a success and has been accepted by the community.