Intimate Apparel and Pearl Earrings, Donald Lipski, 2005
SERVICES PROVIDED: Design coordination, Materials research, Budget management, Engineering coordination and oversight, Fabricator bid process, Fabrication oversight, Shipping, Installation services, Scheduling, Project close-out.
This 28 foot across, 7 foot thick "Texas Star" is made from around 400 cowboy hats attached to a tubular steel frame at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The piece was truly a community effort, as all the hats were donated by the people of Fort Worth and elsewhere in Texas. It includes hats given by Governor Rick Perry, the elder George Bush, rodeo and country western stars, movie cowboys and at least one ex-president. It hangs suspended by a cable, and slowly turns by the power of the HVAC system. Special thanks to Garlene Parris who gave us three hats: the hat she wore when the title of the youngest World Champion Cowgirl was bestowed on her at age five; the hat her mother wore when she became National Champion Cowgirl at Madison Square Garden; and the hat she was given when she retired after 25 years working at the King Ranch.
Text and images from Donald Lipski: donaldlipski.net.