Next March the airport will choose one sculpture for purchase. The other pieces will be removed to find a more permanent home.
“To do something like this is amazing. Somebody can win $1,250 and it gets you involved with how your life may end up being after graduation,” said ECU senior Ethan Morrow.
Morrow created “Model NC,” an airplane constructed in the colors of the North Carolina state flag, with wings designed as an outline of the state’s borders.
ECU sculpture professor Hanna Jubran
“People will be reminded they’re in eastern North Carolina, where the Wright Brothers actually took flight,” said Morrow.
All selected pieces convey a concept related to flight. Chris Morgan, an ECU senior and native of New Bern, designed a piece that illustrates wake turbulence, which forms behind an aircraft while in flight. The large-scale piece “Vortex of Flight,” uses vertical and horizontal direction along with the colors of blue, orange, yellow and red to recreate this element of flight.
Morgan said her son served as inspiration for her third exhibition piece. “My son is a Navy jet pilot and flies F/A-18 (fighter jets). I talked to him about the wind currents that occur and he told me about jet wakes.”
Senior sculpture student Jordan Parah used wind as inspiration for “Up, up and away,” a 10-foot representation of hot air balloons. “Wind in the air is a very big part of flight, so I felt that would be a good thing to represent in the sculpture.” The light blue and white in the sculpture represents the wind and the clouds carrying the balloons.
“I’m all about unseen movements of nature, different forces of nature – wind, rain, sun, all the different (ones) – and how they react,” said Parah.
This is the sixth year ECU students have had art featured at the airport.
Pictured below are all the selected works on display in New Bern. Clockwise from left, they are "Flying Luminaries" by Jordan Brown, "Flight" by Hanna Brown, "Falling Leaves" by Gene Gilikin, "Model NC" by Ethan Morrow; "Up, up and away" by Jordan Parah, "Oh, I wish I could fly" by Kimberly Foytlin, and "Vortex of Flight" by Chris Morgan. (Contributed photos)