INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It created controversy when a major art project at the Indianapolis International Airport was taken down nearly two years ago to make way for an electronic sign board. Now there's a new twist to the story.
The artist whose work was removed will soon have something new you can see at the airport. WISH-TV got an exclusive interview with James Wille Faust who says this development helps ease the pain of what happened in 2011.
The Chrysalis: Once was the sculptural painting hung at the center of one of the busiest passenger intersections of the terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport. If you took the escalator down to the baggage center, there it was. It was commissioned and created by Indianapolis artist James Willie Faust. In November 2011, fewer than 3 years after it was installed, it was taken down and replaced by an electronic sign.
"I wasn't angry. I was, it was a saddening thing," says Faust, sitting on the front step of his home in the Indianapolis north side neighborhood where he's lived for three decades.
But that was then. Now, Faust holds a computer rendering of a new project.
"These are the wings. The straight line and the curve," he says, pointing to the pictures that will go from computer rendering to the real thing over the next few months.
Faust has been commissioned by the airport to create a new work.
"I'll be doing 3 large canvases 5 by 6 feet. They are going on this nice limestone wall, which is a nice warm color," he says.
Wings In Flight is what it will be called. You'll see it as you walk into Civic Plaza.
"I'm still working on how I want the spacing, but that's pretty close to how it is," says Faust.
Faust believes a change in top management at the airport is one of the reasons he's getting this new commission.
"Oh yes, it's a new place," he said smiling.
In a release, Airport Authority executive director Robert Duncan said this:
This heralds a new positive chapter in the airport art program and will restore constructive and frequent communications between the IAA and Faust.
Faust hopes the new work has a much longer run than Chrysalis. But he is realistic.
"Well the way I see it, nothing is permanent. Even if you have it say, this is staying up forever. It's not," he says.
According to the Airport Authority, the electronic sign that replaced "Chrysalis" generates about $100,000 a year for the airport.
Faust's new work, Wings In Flight, is expected to be unveiled in December.
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