If you're one of the thousands of people stranded at Dallas Love Field airport this weekend, take heart. There are two new public art exhibits on display thanks to the Love Field Art Program: Tom Orr’s Intersected Passage and Diana Goldberg and Julie Cohn’s Luminaria.
Public art has been a part of Dallas Love Field since 1961, but it wasn't until the renovations the airport has been undergoing since 2009 that they really got serious about it.
Intersected Passage, a sculpture by the Dallas-based Orr, was inspired by the original 1958 entrance sign to Love Field, a sign that was recently restored and reinstalled earlier this year. The sculpture, arching over the entrance ramp to the terminal, is 17 feet tall and made of colored and mirrored aluminum.
Diana Goldberg and Julie Cohn’s Luminaria is a series of 10-foot-tall stainless steel cylinders with interior lighting located in the entrance garden area. The pieces are reminiscent of luminarias that crop up during the holiday season. But Goldberg and Cohn want the designs in each cylinder to evoke something different, namely computer technology, weather and mapping, routing, thermodynamics, Bernoulli’s Principle, and physics.
The installation of the new artworks, most of which can be seen without actually entering the terminal, means that nine of the 11 works that were commissioned in 2009 have now been installed.
Two more — a work from Stephen T. Johnson to be installed in the west tunnel from the baggage claim and one by Tim Prentice that will be put somewhere in the main lobby or terminal — will be installed by the time renovations to the airport are finished in 2014.