Renowned Artist To Create Airport Structure

A rendering of “Lift Off,” which will be located on Cowles Drive and visible from Fleur Drive. Photo: Des Moines Public Art Foundation.

The Des Moines Public Art Foundation has commissioned internationally acclaimed artist Alice Aycock to create a sculpture for the Des Moines International Airport by the end of the year. The installation, called “Lift Off,” is inspired by science and technology and will depict the movement of energy with spirals, whirlpools and spinning tops.

The 20-foot-tall sculpture will be seen from Fleur Drive and located at the refigured airport entryway on Cowles Drive. It will consist of a white gloss powder-coated aluminum with a galvanized structural stainless-steel interior. “I try to visualize the movement of wind energy as it flows up and down creating random whirlpools and forming dynamic three-dimensional massing of forms,” the New York-based Aycock said in a statement.

Aycock’s works have been exhibited in major museums and galleries nationally as well as in Europe and Japan.

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