Dan Corson’s ambitious design includes scores of abstract “longhorn/bird” sculptural components, angled to resemble a flock flying out from underneath the railroad and interstate bridges that span over the Hemphill Connector. Each of these identical components is twelve (12) feet long and made of robust translucent polyethylene with a frosted white finish. The “longhorn/birds” glow from dusk to dawn with internal LED lights which Corson has programmed with sixty (60) variations of colors and patterns that slowly shift so that the change from one to next is not perceived while motoring through the connector.
On the Downtown side, a free-standing sculpture features twenty-eight (28) “longhorn/birds”, supported by five (5) painted steel supports with the tallest thirty-five (35) feet in height. On the Near Southside end, another thirty-five (35) “longhorn/birds” are suspended from the I-30 overpass beams with some emerging out from under the connector.
Corson’s longtime collaborator, KiboWorks, Inc., implemented Flight on his behalf. KiboWorks selected two local companies to fabricate and install all metal components (GST Manufacturing) and to assemble and install the “longhorn/bird” components (Displays Fine Art Services).
About the Artist:
Dan Corson is an internationally recognized artist whose large-scale immersive installations and public artworks often engage the viewer as co-creators. Originally trained in theatrical design, Corson’s artworks are infused with drama, passion, layered meanings, and transform from day to night in mesmerizing ways. He is particularly interested in green design and new technologies and how these tools can help frame and amplify the natural world and our shifting relationship to it. Corson has recently shifted his love of botanically-inspired subject matter to his new artistic focus as proprietor of the Hamakua Chocolate Farm on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Kiboworks’ products and solutions are created with masterful skill and attention to detail inspired as much by traditional craftsmanship as by state-of-the-art engineering. This pursuit of perfection is evident at every stage of the process of the project. They have always pursued a uniquely uncompromising approach to creating unique solutions. They frequently work on major public art projects by world-renowned artists and recently renovated the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball in New York City.