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Taking Flight: Light as a Feather

Taking Flight: Light as a Feather

USA Today has recognized Oklahoma City as a top community for public art. A panel of USA Today editors and expert advisers described the city as “a veritable outdoor gallery.” 

As of last year, the city owned 215 pieces of public art.

The city has now added another piece to its collection … this is as enjoyable by night as by day.

“Taking Flight: Light as a Feather” is a 31-foot-high, 14,000-pound sculpture resembling a feather floating to the ground. The piece anchors one entrance to Oklahoma City’s Scissortail Park.

Designed by artists Lesley Chang and Jason Klimoski, the sculpture also includes 276 integrated fiber optics with LED lamps to illuminate the piece at night.

“Good public art has depth to it,” writes Maureen Heffernan of the Scissortail Park Foundation. “There is more to consider and absorb as you view and think about it. The more meaning, the more interpretation, the better it is to mean different things to different people.

“A good piece of public art also feels like an anchor for a place. It feels like no other piece of art would have been right, like the artwork and place were destined to be together.”

“Taking Flight: Light as a Feather” was dedicated Dec. 21, 2022.


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