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Donald Lipski plans to make fish swim in mid-air under I-35
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January, 2009

Dan Goddard of the San Antonio Express-News reports on the eye-catching, whimsical suspended fantasy in the works by artist Donald Lipski.

By Dan R. Goddard


Donald Lipski, master of found-object sculpture, plans to create a school of 25 7-foot-long longear sunfish, which are native to the San Antonio River, to go under the I-35 overpass adjacent to Camden Street. He’s one of the eight artists commissioned by the San Antonio River Foundation to create public art projects for the Museum Reach.

The Philadelphia artist will be visiting San Antonio next Thursday (Jan. 15) to tour the site. Originally, Lipski proposed to create a “star field” of shimmering lights, but the school of sunfish is more in tune with the theme of the Museum Reach expansion, which is scheduled to be unveiled May 30.

Molded in fiberglass and meticulously hand painted, the giant fish will be suspended above the river and below the highway as if they are stuck in traffic (computer image above).

“I am bringing warmth and life to a seemingly dark area,” Lipski says in the press release from the foundation.

Lipski’s “Building Steam #91” (right) featuring a shovel with rubber tubing and nickels, now hangs in the Great Hall at the San Antonio Museum of Art as part of its contemporary collection.

Recently, Lipski proposed to build a fountain of overflowing bathtubs for a planned waterworks museum in Houston next to a city pumping station. Lipski’s “The West,” two painted steel spheres, is on the campus of UT-Austin. And there's a giant star covered with cowboy hats at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

A major international artist, Lipski also has public art pieces at Grand Central Station and Central Park in New York City, the Washington, D.C., Convention Center and the Miami International Airport. Lipski’s “The Yearling” at the Denver Public Library is a life-size horse standing atop a giant student’s chair.

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