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Kipp Kobayashi
Public Sculptures by Kipp Kobayashi seen at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport, Fort Worth - Collective Transitions
Public Sculptures by Kipp Kobayashi seen at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport, Fort Worth - Collective Transitions
Image credit: Ralph Lauer Photography

Collective Transitions

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"Recognizing that this facility will be used primarily for aviation related offices and classrooms rather than as the main passenger terminal, I began to consider the various functions that will occur within the building and their relationships to one another. “Paperwork” is a term synonymous with both office and school environments and images of workers seated at desks behind stack of papers or school children throwing their year’s assignments into the air on the last day of school immediately started drifting through my mind. At the same time, I found myself drawn to the three-story open space in the main entry lobby, which serendipitously presented itself as the perfect place to fly a paper airplane.

Paper airplanes have long provided a playful means to initiate human interaction and as objects have the potential to explicitly or implicitly carry with them the thoughts, attitudes and ideas of their creators. Recognizing the potential to tap into this dynamic and enhance the social connectivity within the space, I envisioned hundreds of folded shapes soaring through the lobby.

Lightheartedly emphasizing the sociability of public environments and how we collectively impact, and are in turn impacted by them, the whimsical formation’s implied transformation, from natural birdlike shapes to classically, hand-folded paper planes to traditional aeronautic prototypes, is an expression of the fluidity and rhythms of conversation. Visibly prominent from the adjacent highway, the entire installation is subtly animated by means of a programmed LED lighting system."

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Kipp Kobayashi

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As an artist and urban designer, Kipp Kobayashi has a keen interest in the nature of human interaction in our public environments and is in constant search for ways to initiate dialogue and to promote sociability within these spaces. His work explores how these overlapping narrative threads merge with the physical characteristics of a specific environment, transforming them into living and unique entities composed of our thoughts, actions and experiences.

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Kobayashi has created projects and presented ideas for cities across the nation and for such organizations as the Getty Museum, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Sound Transit and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. In addition, he is an elected member of the Public Art Network Advisory Council which provides recommendations and insight to Americans for the Arts for the development and execution of public art services and resources. Based in Los Angeles, he received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MFA from the University of Southern California and has taught extensively in the Urban and Regional Planning department at the Cal Poly Pomona School of Environmental Design.


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