John Wayne Airport is honored to be the recipient of a sculpture generously donated to the Airport’s permanent art collection. The sculpture, created by renowned artist Betty Gold, is titled VOLAR, which means “to fly.” It is located on Baggage Carousel 1, in Terminal A.
Gold donated VOLAR because she always felt the sculpture would be at home at the Airport. She has donated works to other locations in Orange County, including Chapman University, Biola University, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and Orange County School of the Arts. VOLAR measures 26 ½” high by 37″ long and 20″ wide and is created from welded steel panels painted a vibrant green.
Gold, one of the earliest female artists working in welded steel, is an established, internationally known professional artist who has shown in more than one hundred thirty solo and group exhibitions. She is experienced in most art forms, including painting and photography, and wood, marble and stone carving, but is predominantly a sculptor. Most of her work ranges from 2′ indoor bronzes and enameled steel to monumental outdoor pieces measuring up to 28′ high. She is represented in permanent collections located around the world.
Gold says her continuing goal is “to create art that brings a sense of joy and imaginative flight to those who engage with it and that will endure long into the future.” She also hopes to motivate, represent, and inspire more women sculptors to assert themselves in the art market.