WINGS OVER WATER

Location

Houston, TX

Year

2016

Dimensions

70' x 25' x 30'

Media

aluminum, stainless steel, electronics, stamisol fabric, LED lighting

Client

Houston First Corporation, Houston Arts Alliance

A massive yet ethereal wing, supported by two arcing supports, undulates above as an intricate mechanism rotates below. The 32 individual curvilinear organic wing elements ripple from the center out, actuated by linear pushrods driven by the turning of a helical shaft. The entire artwork stands in a pool among carefully controlled water jets and is illuminated from below with carefully controlled colorful patterns.

 

Inspired by Houston’s diverse population and its costal location, the work references the connection between human and avian migration as well as Houston’s aerospace heritage.