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!