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Lawrence Argent

"Leap"

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN

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ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

With the mindset of integrating art into the architecture and utilizing the unique open/transparent aspect of the airport with the green space to the south, the artist will bring the outside in with a sculpture titled, Leap. A rabbit appears to have lept through the glass from the green space on the south side of the terminal and is diving into a suitcase that appears to have a liquid vortex opening on the top which is situated on the floor of baggage claim. The rabbit is 56 feet long and 19 feet tall. It is made with aluminum and suspended from the ceiling by cables that appear invisible. The suitcase will be a facsimile of a real piece of traditional luggage with cast bronze fasteners. It is integrated into the floor, not just positioned on it.

The rabbit is red to emphasize speed and our inherent desire to get to our “stuff” as quickly as possible. The artist says, “…Loose it, misplace it and disaster can erupt. Possess it, and it fills the gap of distance from home. What is it about our baggage that defines the nature of this emotion of connection with our stuff and who we are?” The rabbit was selected because its symbolism works on many levels. The rabbit is a symbol for cleverness, foolishness, of femininity and androgyny, of cowardice and courage.

ARTWORK IN PROGRESS

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Artist Lawrence Argent’s Leap, is shown above in two different stages of development. The rabbit was fabricated in 14 sections.
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The granite suitcase was fabricated in China. Above a craftsman carves a swirling vortex into the top of the suitcase.

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Argent artwork in progress  Argent artwork in progress

The suitcase before shipping to Sacramento, with bronze hinges and handle (fabricated in Berkeley, California).

Argent artwork in progress

Installers attach the red triangular shapes to the sculpture while it is in a temporary horizontal position.

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The sculpture is positioned into place and finishing touches are nearly complete.

COMPLETED ARTWORK

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Argent artwork completed  Argent artwork completed

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Through his public art projects, Lawrence Argent strives to break down the barriers of the public’s conception of what art is supposed to be. His art appears in a multitude of locales, including: The Denver Convention Center; Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Missouri; and The Holocaust Memorial at The University of Denver. Having studied sculpture, he holds a BA from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia and a MA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore. Since 2006, Argent has been the Head Professor of Sculpture at the University of Denver.

ARTIST WEBSITE

www.lawrenceargent.com


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