- Liberty Pegasus
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is Elizabeth Berrian's first corporate art project, from 1981. It
provided the breakthrough that allowed her to give up the day job and
become a full time, professional wire sculptor.
House Stops Traffic with Flying Wire Horses
Merchandising Magazine, 4/82:
The "Wings of Wonder" at Liberty House describes its shimmering equine
deity, seems to have descended from the heavens in this, one of a
series of Christmas windows - strewing gifts in a plethoric stream of
"diamond dust". Yet Pegasus in all its plumage bears no color of its
own, rather reflecting the jewel-toned merchandise through the aid of
mysetical cross-beams of light. Six shadow box windows in the series
hinted at the main theme with a solitary wing placed above
gift-enclosing acrylic boxes. Horse Sculpture: Elizabeth Berrian,
Oakland; Acrylic boxes (custom): Design concepts; Mannequins: Adel
Rootstein. Visual Merchandising Director: Rit Pierce
Liberty House commissioned Elizabeth to create three flying horses, six
extra wings, a horse head with trailing wires, and lots of wire
trimmings for their Christmas windows.
When the Pegasus windows were unveiled, the San Francisco Police
department became involved. Chrsitmas shoppers jammed the sidewalk in
front of the Pegasus windows and overflowed into the street, blocking
traffic. A traffic control officer was called in to keep things moving.
James F. "Buddy" Thompson, retiring chairman of the Louisville
International Airport, discovered Elizabeth Berrien's wire sculpture at
Gump's in San Francisco. He commissioned her to create a more
monumental Pegasus whch became Louisville's landmark Airport Pegasus .
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