NEWPORT NEWS/WILLIAMSBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NEWPORT NEWS, VA
With its soaring lines and gleaming metal surface, Bruce White’s Izar is well suited for its site: the entrance to the airport serving Newport News and the surrounding community. The 30’ tall sculpture references Izar, an occupant of the sky, one of the stars in the constellation called Bootes.
To fully appreciate Izar, it helps to understand how Bruce White works. He likes to start with a sheet of paper or thin metal and twist, turn and manipulate it until something plain and flat becomes something complex and three-dimensional. White describes this process as seeing something new and unexpected in the commonplace. In the case of Izar, the flat shape became a large parallelogram, split vertically into six connected panels that are arrayed in a gentle twist around a central axis. The result is an interplay of planes and spaces, made more complex still by the surface tracings and the shimmering show they put on as the light changes from day into night.