A MESSAGE FROM HOUSTON AIRPORT SYSTEM'S PUBLIC ART PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Pamela Ingersoll, Public Art Program Director
Houston Airport System
Having been involved in public art installations for 20-plus years in Houston, I must start by giving full and genuine credit to the artists included on this International expansion project. Each one of these artists worked exceptionally hard to make these projects a reality. From Brazil to Houston, we worked side by side with these creators through tough design phases and tight timelines. These artists created projects for this International Concourse that are unique and yet work together so well.
Now, with the addition of Tommy Gregory to the HAS public art program, we are able to better curate the collection - both portable works and permanent commissions. The Hobby commissions are eclectic, yet very considered. We really appreciate the work done by Shane and Norman, Henrique, Libbie, Kia, Krista, Chris and Christian; some on their first public art pieces, a couple on their largest public commissions to date.
There is something about public art that is magical and maddening.
The magic is how it transforms a person’s perception. Most people don’t think that it is necessary – they just go about their day and think they could live without it; and they can, as far as eating and breathing. However, when public art is put before them, it enhances their quality of life, whether they notice it immediately or not.
I can prove this with so many examples. When we had to temporarily disassemble Vector HH at Hobby, I received so many emails asking, “Where did our sculpture go?” I will admit, some of these inquiries were from people who questioned the location and importance of the artwork in the planning stages, but have grown to love it and see it as a part of the infrastructure of Hobby Airport.
The maddening part is that we have to still try and convince so many people to accept and embrace public art within our percent-for-arts program. Every great society from the beginning of time has invested in sculpture and paintings. These realizations of ideas manifested into a visual reality remind us of our culture and our progress. Good public art reminds the viewer that are a part of our ever moving human history. It is great to see things made by men and women attempting to provoke thought. It is worth battling through the madness to get to the magic.
HAS is very proud to have worked with such an amazing team, beginning with a professional selection committee, to Denise McElroy, SWA Project Manager, Bill Manning Program Manager and the new HAA CAD Project Manager, Mat Kubo. We look forward to how the public will engage with the new works of art, and we anticipate seeing these artists earn more public commissions based on the stellar work they completed here at William P. Hobby Airport.