in the Public Realm
The Birth of Flight

Todd Frahm
Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Installed, 2010
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Birth of Flight depicts the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "butterfly," rising out of a chrysalis of feathers. The sculpture is indicative of the human desire to fly. Frahm has chosen to focus on the emotional rather than the experimental aspect of that desire. The use of ASL to express the urge towards flight was inspired by the artist's teaching of sign language to his infant son: a gesture transcends languages and is accessible to all.
Courtesy of Arts Council of Indianapolis
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Indianapolis International Airport
7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46241
United States

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