The Lubbock Arts Alliance recently announced the addition of two new sculptures to its rotating public art collection, PDA (Public Display of Art) in Lubbock.
The Friendly Cowboys are 13 feet tall and weigh 750 pounds each. These are sculptures by artist BC Gilbert. The Pink Cowboy is located at Marsha Sharp Freeway and Avenue L and the Blue Cowboy is at South Loop 289 and Spur 327 – just outside the loop.
Gilbert said the “Friendly Cowboys” series is influenced by miniature figurines made from horseshoe nails that are often attributed to regional folk artists.
Each “Friendly Cowboy” represents a different member of a Western Swing Band. They are painted in bright colors to draw attention to their placement against Lubbock’s flat topography. The Blue Cowboy is the singer and the Pink Cowboy is the guitarist.
Gilbert holds a BFA from Cameron University and an MFA from Texas Tech University. He resides in Wichita Falls, Texas, and his work has been featured in solo, jury, and group exhibitions.
PDA in Lubbock is the only project of its kind in the region, according to Elizabeth Grigsby, executive director of the Lubbock Arts Alliance.
It takes existing public art works and exhibits them for a period of two years. After this time, a new artwork is selected to replace the current artwork, ensuring that there is always something new to see at different intersections. The collection currently features works by Jeffie Brewer and BC Gilbert.
Public art works can be found at:
Jeffie Brewer, artist
Orange Fox – Loop 289 to Spur 327 (inside loop)
Purple Unicorn – Flight over South Loop 289 on I-27
Lapin rouge – South Loop 289 to Quaker Avenue
Tiny’s Pink Flamingo – Marsha Sharp Freeway at 19th Street
Red Bird – 1106 5th Street (CASP)
Green Burd – 1500 Broadway (McDougal Companies)
ARTmadillo – 4000 24th St. (Covenant Children’s)
BC Gilbert, artist
Blue “Friendly Cowboy” – Loop 289 to Spur 327 (outside the loop)
Pink “Friendly Cowboy” – Marsha Sharp Freeway at L Avenue
The project is a collaboration of the Texas Department of Transportation, Tornado Industrial / Arts, and the Lubbock Arts Alliance. The Texas Department of Transportation provides the concrete slabs for the artwork and Tornado Industrial / Arts coordinates the logistics, including the installation and removal of each piece. The Arts Alliance facilitates the selection of public works of art, contracts with the selected artist, pays the artist and shipping costs, seeks additional funds, and promotes the program to residents and communities. visitors. The project is funded by the Sessions Family Foundation and the City of Lubbock / Civic Lubbock Cultural Grants Program.