Over The Moon!
The much talked about artistic addition for the CityLine development in Richardson, TX, perfectly reflects their motto that ‘At CityLine, anything is possible when you spark imagination. Set lofty goals, make grand plans, then shoot for the Moon. With teamwork, innovation and commitment, dreams will come true.’ Huether was commissioned through Architectural Arts Company for KDC Development and Corgan Architecture & Design, to create inspiring artwork for CityLine. The sculpture was installed in late November and will be dedicated with an official ceremony on December 14th, 2016.
It was Huether’s intent to reflect the development’s tagline and mission statement ‘Outside. In the City’. This new neighborhood aims to bring all aspects of an eclectic urban lifestyle together with an immediate proximity to natural retreats.
The famous William Wallace Denslow nursery rhyme ‘Hey diddle diddle’ and its insinuations of impossible, otherworldly occurrences, as well as the iconic Texas Longhorns both became inspiration for the installation, "Over the Moon”. The longhorns, which might once have been found grazing on the very land where the sculpture is placed today, are a suiting metaphor for connecting past, present and future.
“When I was commissioned to create art for CityLine, I wanted to emphasize the local identity and history of the area in a unique way,” said Huether. “By incorporating playful elements like the steer and moon, I believe the piece encompasses the true feel of CityLine: whimsical, an element of surprise and cutting-edge technology.”
The longhorn became an important part of the sculpture and is intended to elicit awareness for the area’s history while simultaneously adding a playful twist to the piece. It creates a connection to local traditions and emphasizes local identity.
The sculpture underlines CityLine’s mission statement: Combining the best of both worlds, the rural and urban landscapes in one convenience and active lifestyle oriented environment. The sculptures’ falciform shape also resembles the letter ‘C’, as in CityLine, another connection to this Richardson metropolitan neighborhood.
The total height of the sculpture is 28’ 8”, which includes the plinth and the steer prominently perched above the moon. The cow is made of a composite material and was finished with airbrush details and several layers of an extremely durable clear coat. The internal structure of the moon was constructed from aluminum tubing and the frame is clad in plexi-glass and EPS foam with a carved moon surface design. The final finish of the sculpture is a resin coating. The piece sits atop a plinth and is illuminated from the exterior as well as from within with high emitting, color-changing LEDs.