Rochester Public Art by Richard MargolisAn Inventory of Rochester NY's Landmark Sculpture, Monuments, and Memorials


Bus Transfer by the Dixie Wig by Ruth Manning

Bus Transfer by the Dixie Wig
Location: Rochester International Airport (Storage), 1200 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, NY (view Google map)
Size: 40 x 60 Inches
Material: Tapestry
Dated: 1994

Description: Handwoven tapestry

Caption: This is one of the 2nd round airport art projects that the Monroe County Legislature refused to approve after the Conservative Party Chair, Thomas Cook, threatened to withhold endorsements from any candidate who voted to approve the contracts. An 18 month fundraising effort by a group of arts supporters raised $180,000. that paid for the projects, and they were completed and installed.

In 2006 the tapestry, along with Nancy Jurs Triad and Wendell Castle's Lunar Eclipse, were removed and put into storage.
To read comments about the issue go to:

"Rochester Public Art
The Monroe County Public Art Committee sponsored two competitions, in 1990 and 1991, to select seven works of art by Monroe County artists for the new Greater Rochester International Airport. The artists had been instructed to design works that consider a "sense of place," a reference to western New York's local history, industry, culture, and natural resources. Located on two airport levels and in the garage tower, the airport art welcomes people to the gateway of the community, highlighting the creative energy of regional artists.

Completed in 1995, the projects from the second competition were funded by generous donations from private individuals and businesses. A plaque listing all donors is situated on the second floor of the terminal near the western escalator.

Thanks are due to the Monroe County Public Art Committee members for sharing their expertise throughout the two competitions, to the donors who made the project possible and to the airport administration, whose cooperation throughout the project made the installation of the projects successful."
From the official Rochester International Airport web site:


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