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Have you discovered “True Love”?

By July 24, 2023No Comments

Look no further than the intersection of Quaker and Loop 289!

We are delighted to announce the latest addition to our rotating public art collection, PDA (Public Display of Art) in Lubbock. Standing at an impressive 13 feet tall, “True Love” is a steel sculpture created by artist Chad Plunket. This whimsical artwork is situated at the intersection of Quaker and Loop 289, captivating everyone who drives by with its vibrant colors and playful design.

According to Plunket:”I may not have all the answers on how to find ‘True Love’ or even navigate through Lubbock’s streets, but this sculpture can serve as your guide. With its playful and humorous nature, it will point you in various directions, sending you off with hope that you’ll find your destination and perhaps even true

Plunket holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Art with a focus on sculpture from Clemson University. After teaching architectural delineation at TTU’s College of Architecture, he pursued his passion for design by obtaining a Master of Landscape Architecture.

Plunket continues to pursue his artistic endeavors from his studio in north Lubbock, where he explores various materials such as paint, steel, wood, paper, and an assortment of tools. His artistic output encompasses a wide range of materials and aesthetics. He has created large-scale public art pieces for Ballet Lubbock, Covenant Hospital, and the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, as well as smaller objects that can fit on a shelf. Plunket has also collaborated on projects with the Button Project, RJP Nomadic Gallery, and Free Range Creative.

In addition to his fine art pieces, Plunket also undertakes commercial commissions for developers and homeowners. His portfolio includes completed projects for Tao Development, Blue Mesa Restaurants, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and numerous private residents.

“PDA in Lubbock” stands as a unique project in the region, showcasing site-specific public art pieces for a period of two years. After that time, new art pieces are carefully selected to replace the existing ones, ensuring an ever-changing viewing experience at various intersections throughout the city.

This project is made possible through collaboration among the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot), Tornado Industrial/Arts, and the Lubbock Arts Alliance. TxDot provides the concrete pads for the artworks, while Tornado Gallery manages logistics, including installation and removal of each piece. The Arts Alliance plays a crucial role in facilitating the selection of public art pieces, contracting with the chosen artists, covering artist fees and shipping expenses, seeking additional funding, and promoting the program to both residents and visitors.

We express our deep gratitude to the Sessions Family Foundation for their generous funding, which has played a pivotal role in bringing “True Love” to Lubbock.