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So Long Bro
- Guy Kemper
4th Airside Terminal
About the Artwork
In the 100’ X 14’ stained glass piece, So Long Bro, Versailles, Kentucky artist Guy Kemper celebrates the beauty of flight with a richly textured window containing over 500 cast jewels. The design is dedicated to his late brother. Its vivid blues combine with orange, green and violet to produce a rainbow effect that boldly reaches out, drawing visitors into the concourse from the hub area. The design of the framework in the window is reminiscent of a Japanese screen that complements the horizontal proportions of the space and provides a dramatic canvas for the piece. The artwork was part of the airside/gate expansion project in 2000. Since the installation in 2000, the piece was removed due to another expansion project and will be relocated to the main terminal building in early 2009.
About the Artist
Guy Kemper was born in Louisville and was always interested in art. Not believing he could make a living at art he discontinued his art classes at Murray State University and instead majored in soil and plant sciences at the University of Kentucky. He did stints in the Peace Corps, at an environmental engineering firm and on a farm before he opened a studio to make and repair stained glass in 1984. With glass he could play with color and light. After gaining commissions for churches, hospitals and libraries, his first large project was for the Orlando International Airport. For this job he traveled to Germany to consult with Wilhem Derix. That began a continuing relationship with Mr. Derix as a fabricator for his designs.
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Tuan Nguyen, the sculptor of seven figurative sculptures at the Plaza at Orange and Church Street was once a prisoner in a Vietnamese concentration camp.
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