Sunday, January 26, 2014
“Walking to the Sky” isn’t returning to the Nasher any time soon
Is it likely to wind up elsewhere? Time will tell.
DALLAS Our Michael Granberry has the scoop about the Nasher Sculpture Center’s acquisition of 18 new pieces. This item is about an old one that’s been missing since February 2010: Jonathan Borofsky’s iconic "Walking to the Sky," which, til its removal, was the museum’s most popular attraction. By far.
When we last asked about its return, in December 2012, we were told to look for news at some point in 2013, during the museum’s 10th anniversary celebration. But instead the Nasher unveiled its 10-piece public art exhibition (Nasher XChange) and held a “Soundings” concert in honor of John Kennedy. There was no mention of "Walking to the Sky." Not during 2013. And not yet in 2014.
So we asked Kristen Gibbins, the centers’ associate director of media relations, for an update. Long story short: There isn’t one.
“There are several exciting possibilities” for the piece, she said. “But they’re not ready to be finalized or announced.”
On February 22, 2010, the Nasher said the piece purchased in 2005 had to be removed so the pole could be replaced with “a revised design that improves its long-term structural stability” and “decrease[s] wind-induced vibration.” It was expected to take about a year. But when we asked about its return at the end of 2012, the Nasher said was taking longer than expected and that Borofsky was “generously” doing the work himself.
In the meantime, “our attention has been focused elsewhere,” says Gibbins, referring to last year’s big doings, one of which received nice play on Huffington Post on Friday.
“To say we don’t have plans for it isn’t true,” says Gibbins. “We do. We’re just trying to finalize what those plans are. It’s not to the point where we’re ready to announce it because it hasn’t been finalized yet.  was an awesome year, a big year between Nasher XChange and ‘Soundings.’ And, there’s obviously the ongoing problem-solving with Museum Tower.”
Which, ultimately, is the issue: Folks familiar with the situation say the Nasher, and the artist, aren’t sure they want to bring the sculpture back to the garden, where it will be susceptible to the condo’s death rays. So … is it likely to wind up planted elsewhere? Gibbins says she’s “not in a position to be able to speak to that.”
I offered my front yard. That offer was declined.
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