Pipe Dream (Fanfare for the Common Man), 2012
Enamel paint on steel, stainless steel, (128 pipes) / 27'- 5" x 86' - 8" x 17'- 1"
Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV
Pipe Dream (Fanfare for the Common Man), 2012 / Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV
Featured at the east end of the 2-acre Symphony Park, and serving as a frame to the outdoor stage, is a commissioned art piece by internationally recognized artist, Tim Bavington. Music is the genesis of Bavington’s paintings. Through synthetic polymer paint, Bavington acts as a translator between the aural and the visual as he transforms guitar solos, melodies and bass lines into vertical bands of color. “Fanfare for the Common Man,” a 20th-century American classical music work by American composer Aaron Copland, was selected by The Smith Center as the musical “muse” from which Bavington would pull his paintings. The composition was carefully selected by The Smith Center, as it resonates with its message to serve the common man, or in The Smith Center’s scenario, the community.
Each pipe represents a single note in Aaron Copeland’s composition, “Fanfare for the Common Man”, 1942. The colors are derived from a sign palette [1-Shot Enamel], 19 colors total. The root note [B-flat] of the song is blue/green. The third [D] is orange. The fifth [f] is magenta. The last pole: The unpainted pole represents a musical rest at the end of the composition. The Lights: The measure of time. Lights at every two feet represent a bar. 40 bars total.