TWO LOCAL ARTISTS’ CREATIONS LIGHT UP LOVE FIELD’S TERMINAL.
uminaria, a large-scale collaboration between
Dallas artists Julie Cohn and Diana Goldberg,
is the latest work commissioned for The City of
Dallas Public Art Collection at Love Field. It’s one of
11 new acquisitions to join four existing works in the
collection, which will total 15 pieces when renovations
conclude in 2014.
“As Dallas artists we are not only interested in this
project because of our ‘pride of place,’ but also our
shared belief in the importance of contributing our
talents and efforts to our local community through
artistic commentary,” notes Goldberg.
The six 10-by-seven foot cylindrical forms are solar-powered by day and lit with interior florescent light
fixtures at night to achieve a glowing, amber-colored
effect. Each piece is laser-cut with interpretive patterns
representing elements of flight, and the cylindrical steel
itself is a nod to airplane fuselage. This subtle symbolism
complements the airport’s architecture, rooted in the art
deco and mid-century modernist movements.
Kay Kallos, City of Dallas Public Art Manager, says
the original goal that 25 percent of the contributing
artists be Dallas-based has elevated to 45 percent.
Goldberg’s background is in painting, printmaking,
and design, specializing in site-specific commissions,
and her public art projects with husband Brad Goldberg
can be seen throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia.
The Goldbergs installed a large public art project, Coral
Eden, at Miami International Airport, and Diana also
worked with Brad to complete High Plains of Texas, two
terrazzo floor designs at terminal E of DFW Airport.
Cohn, trained as a painter and printmaker, has had a
varied career path that includes work in jewelry, textiles,
collaborations with architects, and public art. Though
this is her first airport endeavor, she says, “I designed
the Deep Ellum Dart Station, and I feel that mass
transit does seem as loaded an experience as air travel
does these days.”
Goldberg muses, “An airport provides an exciting
context for an artist because it is an energy node through
which many people and things pass in a transitory
experience. In pursuit of exciting new adventures,
as part of a daily dull routine, or during unforeseen
anxiety-filled moments, we believe the airport
experience is important to the psyche and well-being of
the traveler and is a representation of the spirit of the
city at large.” Image above: Rooted in Mexican folk art,
today luminarias are symbolic of hope, community,
warmth, and welcome. P
BY NANCY MYERS PHOTOGRAPH BY BRAD GOLDBERG