Austinites who travel to Dallas frequently may be aware of the modernization program currently in progress at Love Field Airport. Called Love Evolution, ongoing construction will transform this beloved airport into one of the nation’s premiere modern airport facilities. The three original concourses will be consolidated into one centrally located concourse for all airlines. From more efficient travel to an increased number of airport concessions, the modernization program will create tremendous benefits for Love Field travelers.
To accentuate these major improvements, The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs has installed two new art works at Dallas Love Field–Sculptor Tom Orr’s Intersected Passage and Luminaria, by Diana Goldberg and Julie Cohn, will greet visitors at the terminal entrance.
“Intersected Passage is a welcoming gateway to the new terminal,” says Kay Kallos, manager of public art with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. “The piece arches over the entrance ramp and greets visitors who arrive from the street and from the parking garage.”
Dallas-based artist Tom Orr’s Intersected Passage was inspired by the 1958 entrance sign to Dallas Love Field Airport, which was reinstalled earlier this year at the corner of Denton Drive and Mockingbird Lane. Orr’s piece is made of powder-coated panels of colored and mirrored aluminum.
Six, ten-foot high, steel Luminarias parallel the street at the airport terminal entrance to Love Field. Lumanaria reflects an illumination of ideas and innovations from underlying technologies critical to contemporary air travel such as thermodynamics, routing systems, and weather maps. The six individual pieces are fabricated of pierced stainless steel with florescent interior lighting. Patterns in the cylinders represent flight routes, weather patterns, aerodynamics, airfoils, computer circuitry and Quantum Mechanics.
The Love Field Art Program will include 15 pieces upon completion in 2014, including 11 new works and 4 pieces original to the airport. The pieces embrace themes related to the history of Dallas Love Field. The Love Field Art Program is the result of a dynamic partnership between the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Southwest Airlines, the Department of Aviation and the Love Field Modernization Program.
The goal, of course, is to make the travel experience more enjoyable and rewarding for visitor to the airport.
The Public Art Program is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.
Information and photo courtesy of Margaret (Meg) Fullwood, Marketing and Audience Development Manager, City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs