Art That Inspired A City: Laura Kimpton’s DREAM Sculpture
A 54-foot long metal sculpture by artist Laura Kimpton was recently unveiled in Arlington, Texas. Titled “DREAM” the large scale art work is a part of a word series originally shown at the famed Burning Man, an annual event that attracts thousands to the Black Rock desert in Nevada, USA.
Each year Burning Man erects a temporary city using art, often profuse mammoth sized sculptures, that creates an incomparable skyline.
Kimpton’s DREAM sculpture caught the eye of the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation (DAMC), a nonprofit community development organization whose mission is the vitality and growth of the city, as an addition to their public art program. President Tony Rutigliano shared that Kimpton’s work “captures the essence of our city – Arlington, The American Dream City. I’m certain that DREAM will enhance the visual identity of Arlington in a way that will be inspiring and enduring.”
DREAM is the seventh word in Kimpton’s ‘Big Word’ Series and her first word sculpture installation in Texas. The letters are manufactured from heavy sheet-metal steel with cutouts of flying birds to create movement and make it lighter and more accessible to transport. Each letter is 12 feet tall by 8 to 10 feet wide and weighs between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds. At night, DREAM is programmed to light up from within in various colors controlled through LED lights. They can also be lit by external, up lights, which can also alter in color, making the installation flexible for different occasions and constantly changing.
The California-based, American contemporary artist whose work consists of painting, mixed-media installations and sculpture, attributes her creativity to the desire to question traditional views on social interaction, therefore invoking through her art a reaction and, hopefully, a discussion from her viewers.