Third Installation Set for Art on the Llano Public Art Project
From Texas Department of Transportation:
(LUBBOCK) - The Art on the Llano public art project installed a third sculpture on Thursday. Sky Drill, by Brent Baggett, is located at Spur 327 and the westbound frontage road of South Loop 289 in front of Home Depot.
The public art project will eventually feature a total of seven sculptures, which will be installed throughout Lubbock over the next year. Each sculpture will range between 7 feet to 15 feet in height and can be viewed while driving along Lubbock's major roadways. The two sculptures that have already been installed can be seen at the following locations:
Texas Landscape, by Eric McGehearty, is located at the intersection of Quaker Avenue and South Loop 289.
Moon River, by Michelle O'Michael, is located at South Loop 289 (eastbound) and the I-27 flyover.
The third piece combines elements from two classic American forms: the water pumping windmill and the wooden water tank, according to Baggett, the artist of the piece. Forged entirely out of aluminum and steel, the structure stands 14 feet high and 20 feet wide.
"It was a challenge to design an artwork that will attract interest from motorists while still be interesting to viewers on foot," Baggett said. "I hope that the viewers in Lubbock enjoy this sculpture for the next two years."
The Art on the Llano public art project came about when the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) donated seven concrete pads to display the public art. From there, a group of local artists and community members formed the Art on the Llano Committee with the united goal of highlighting Lubbock's thriving art scene to the general public.
The sculptures included in the Art on the Llano public art project are on loan from the artists and will be on display for a two-year period. The Art on the Llano Committee will then choose new sculptures to be installed and displayed at the original sites and possibly new sites as the project evolves.
The Art on the Llano committee plans to have four of the seven sculptures in place by September. The final three sculptures will be selected in early spring 2012 and installed later that summer. Artists will have an opportunity to submit a proposal to display their work at one of the three remaining sites at the end of 2012.
The public art project is currently being funded through a two-year grant and transportation costs have been underwritten by LHUCA and Studio West. Businesses or individuals interested in making a donation to ensure the projects continued success should call 806.762.8606.