|Early Rendering of "Lex" atop the Downtown Arts Center - Lexington, Ky.|
|Scaled Back Design of "Lex"|
The original design, pictured above, would have spanned both Laundry Building and its neighbor, 137 East Main (the Fayette Cigar Store). Without the support of all involved, the project was scaled back and will only rest atop Lexington Laundry.
|Steel Tube Possibilities Photo: LexArts|
The total fixture is expected to weigh 11, 900 pounds. Spanning 18' 8" over the art center, the Lex will reach over 27 feet into the air. It will contain 17 cylinders with the largest having a diameter of ten feet.
|Asa C. Chinn Collection, ca. 1920-1921|
Photo Source: KYVL-KDL
Those commissioning the work did so in a massive call for public art that will hopefully grace other community spots in the coming years. With 126 applications and 14 finalists, a selection of five proposals were commissioned. This Godfrey piece will be the first to appear in Lexington, though information about other commissioned proposals is available.
Next week, on January 11, the proposed art work will go before the Courthouse Area Design Review Board for approval. Once approved, work can begin on putting in place this project funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts which will provide another fixture of permanent public art in downtown Lexington.
Sources: Artist Website; BizLex; CADRB Application; Downtown Building Inventory; Herald-Leader; National Park Service.
Correction: The Lexington Streetsweeper pointed out that an earlier version of this story confused and combined into one the Laundry Company building and its predecessor in location. Chinn's photos were taken in 1920-1921 and the Laundry Company building wasn't built until ca. 1929. Thanks for the catch!