This week's dedication to the upcoming 'Light as a Feather' was poignant for those who remember the late Robbie Kinzle, who transformed Oklahoma City into a gallery of public art.
The 31-foot-tall, 14,000-pound sculpture was designed by artists Jason Klimowski and Leslie Chang to resemble a feather perched on the ground. Luma lights the entrance to the park with 276 integrated fiber optic LED lights evenly distributed throughout the sculpture.
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Not only was Kienzle, who died in June, light as a feather, but he nurtured the city's public art as a liaison between the arts. Mayor David Holt noted that Kienzel's work can also be seen through the colored lights in the convention center across from the park.
"Her work is on display all over town," Holt said. “Our growing collection is the result of the 1% Art program that Ruby pioneered in 2010.” I love having you here and seeing the impact Robbie has had on this business and on the Virtual Sky Convention Centre.
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"Light as Light" is one of Kienzle's latest projects. Chang and Klimosky were commissioned to create a distinctive corner sculpture, which closely resembles a 1957 Soviet satellite.
After the Oklahoma City Thunder announced plans to build a basketball-sized sculpture across the street as part of the Thunder Alley development, they began working with artists to start over.
Kinzle began her career 24 years ago at City Hall as a general technical advisor for the Metropolitan Area Projects initiative. When the city began devoting 1% of the capital's renovation project budget to public arts, the position became arts coordinator.
The city's transformation has been recognized two years in a row by USA Today, with its readers voting Oklahoma City the Best Public Art Community among cities nominated by USA Today editors and experts, calling the city a veritable open-air gallery. Free.
Like last year, there were 215 public artworks in the municipality.
Deputy City Manager Aubrey McDiarmid cited the "light as light" change as a reflection of Kienzel's ability to work with artists through complex and challenging projects.
"He's been working on this project for years," McDiarmid said. He helped make tough decisions easier. The project we have today is not the original project that was designed. "Light as a Feature" is a thoughtful piece that truly captures Robbie's tender care and love for the arts and our city. "
This article originally appeared on Oklahoma: A Sculpture Dedicated to the Art Connection That Made OKC a Public Art Showcase.