Created by Nora Hutchinson Johnson, this airborne, fabric covered bronze mesh sculpture hangs from the ceiling in the Peoria Civic Center Theater lobby. It measures 34 feet high, 32 feet wide and 64 feet long.
The call was for an artist to create a suspended sculptural work to "fill" the 180 feet long by 64 feet high space and weigh less than 1000 lbs. Additionally, the sculpture was to be relevant to the community at large, who contributed large and small donations to pay for the artwork.
The design was conceived as a sort of 'flying carpet' with patterns painted on the wing from surfaces evocative of the American Arts and Crafts movement, a significant part of the history of the Midwest employing numerous artisans in production of furnishings and pottery.
However, the final patterns were taken from African fabrics that have a direct correlation to designs used universally in many cultures and to the arts and crafts movement in Western culture. Symbolic imagery spanning diverse cultures formed a bridge between the sculpture and the community that supported the work.
Because of the weight restraints and the need for a large scale visual statement, the armatures for the 7 elements were designed using airfoil principals, allowing for maximum surface and minimal weight. The largest elements, each 25 feet long, weigh only 165 lbs. each.