Texas Ranger returns to Dallas airport
March 19, 2013 by James
A bronze statue standing 12-foot-tall has returned to its home of Dallas Love Field airport, welcomed by Texas Rangers fans.
The statue was removed from the airport in 2010 as renovations were due to take place. In a reinstallation ceremony, the bronze statue was placed close to its previous location so that it could take its place among airport visitors once again.
The statue was originally named ‘Texas Ranger of 1960’ before being changed to ‘One riot, One Ranger’. The statue represents Captain Jay Banks and was originally homed in the Dallas Love Field airport in 1961. Several Rangers were present for the reinstallation ceremony, according to the spokesman for the city, Jose Torres. When the statue was moved in 2010, it was placed in the Frontiers of Flight Museum, before being moved back to the security checkpoint at Dallas Love Field airport.
The airport is run by the Department of Aviation in Dallas; a general purpose airport which welcomes around seven million visitors each year. A mosaic mural has also been completed in Terminal Two of the airport, depicting a sunrise above wildflowers and plant life. The art work is by Dixie Friend Gay, who has used hand-painted tiles resembling jewels in the mosaic.
The opening ceremony will possibly have been promoted using flyer printing services. It is also possible that stationery printers have been called upon to produce updated materials for use in the renovated and larger airport. The public art manager for Dallas, Kay Kallos, said that the statue was an icon at the airport.