It all started last fall when I made a decision to submit an application for a potential suspended sculpture for a new terminal within the John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, California. The application included myself and my senior partner and advisor, Dick Jobe. Dick and I have known each other for a year now. He is the owner and founder of Machine Head, a metal fabrication studio in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri.

We heard in January that our application had scored within the top 20 of 80 or so applicants. I then created and developed the “Flight of Ideas.” Our next packet included computer renderings and an artist’s statement about the project. By early spring, we received a letter congratulating us on being selected as one of the top three finalist teams. Our next step was to produce a model replica and a packet of architectural renderings.

Soon I found myself on a plane out to California to deliver my idea. I had packed the model in many pieces for the travel and found a bench outside the airport to open up multiple packages and boxes. As suspicious onlookers wondered what I was up to, I hailed a cab. I sat in the backseat with my model in pieces and a screwdriver in hand. The cab driver looked at me wide-eyed through his rearview mirror and asked what on earth I was up to. I was a sweaty and smiley mess in that cab and all I could manage to spit out was that I had a really great idea. The model was assembled as we pulled up to the Administration Building. I plopped the model down on the front desk, gave them a Beth smile and said “I think it’s going to be great.”

One week went by and I got a phone call congratulating us on being selected as the team to execute the “Flight of Ideas” in the new terminal space. I couldn’t believe it.

It has been an unbelievable journey to say the very least. The project has been an undertaking neither Dick or I fully realized when we signed on the dotted line. This is my attempt to give you an insiders look into the project and a day by day view of the installation in Orange County!


2 thoughts on “History

  1. beth….i’m amazed. amazed by YOU and your talent and amazed that my babies have stayed quiet long enough for me to enjoy reading every word on your entire website. LOL. Love you!

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