Public art in Addison is taking off, with the Addison Arbor Foundation (AAF) commissioning unique sculptures and artwork all around Town. One piece of art in particular looks like it could literally take off – the aviation-themed “Intersection in Flight” sculpture located at the corner of Wright Bros Drive and Wiley Post Road near Addison Airport. This artwork was officially dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 18.
Many community members attended the dedication to celebrate this new public artwork in Addison. Mayor Joe Chow, Mayor Pro Tempore Ivan Hughes, council members Al Angell, Tom Braun and Paul Walden, AAF president Jay Ihrig, donors Sandy and Brooks Haley and artist Eric McGehearty and his family were also in attendance.
McGehearty was commissioned by the AAF to design and fabricate “Intersection in Flight.” He is the CEO of Addison-based Globe Runner, a digital marketing agency, as well as an accomplished artist.
The sculpture is designed to reflect aviation history. “’Intersection in Flight’ was inspired by the history of the namesakes of the intersection and their vintage aircraft,” stated AAF’s website. “Eric’s design incorporates elements of the airplanes flown by the Wright Brothers and Wiley Post in an innovative and intricate sculpture.”
The main frame of the sculpture was created to look like the original Wright Brothers’ Flyer aircraft. If you look closer, you can also see more than 200 miniature planes embedded within the frame, which are based on the Lockheed Vega aircraft flown by Wiley Post.
The Addison Arbor Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to enhancing natural environments within Addison through landscaping, public art and education. This all-volunteer organization uses 100 percent of donations to fund projects. In addition to “Intersection in Flight”, other new pieces of art include the Spruill Park Dog Sculpture located at the entrance to the new Spruill Dog Park and “Lost in Wisconsin” located at the corner of Proton and Beltway.
Aviation-lovers and art enthusiasts, stop by this week to see “Intersection in Flight” in person! It’s a beautiful piece that will inspire you to soar to new heights at work and in life.