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Piedmont Triad International Airport adds 4 new Wrangler 'Jeansboro' statues to its public-art collection
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Piedmont Triad International Airport adds 4 new Wrangler 'Jeansboro' statues to its public-art collection

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GREENSBORO — Four new “Jeansboro” jeans statues greet visitors to Piedmont Triad International Airport.

Artists Geri Glavis of Greensboro, Jeffrey McGuire of Pfafftown, Tierra Spainhour of Lewisville and Bailey Wingler of Salisbury created the four colorful designs that decorate airport concourses and baggage claim areas.

The four were selected from among 25 submissions in a competition created by the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority and Greensboro-based jeans-maker Wrangler.

Each winner also received $300.

It’s part of PTI’s public-art master plan. The airport now displays art inside and out, often with an aviation or regional theme.

In 2016, colorfully painted, 4-foot jean statues began to appear on the sidewalks of downtown Greensboro.

Wrangler sponsored the permanent public-art display to recognize the important role that denim manufacturing has played in the city it has dubbed Jeansboro.

Local high school students, Western artist Chance Hays, Wrangler and Cone Denim employees painted the fiberglass jeans statues. They display scenes and icons such as the Greensboro skyline, Gen. Nathanael Greene, the F.W. Woolworth building and Miss Babe Ruth, the Greensboro Grasshoppers’ retired bat dog.

The airport and Wrangler then joined forces to add jeans statues to the airport interior.

They wanted to encourage and promote the work of local painters, and enhance the feeling of the community uniqueness for airport passengers.

Members of the airport workforce, from security to food services, were represented on the selection panel. They chose work that included the use of representational images to celebrate the community’s history, nature and culture, national patriotism and the wonder of flying.

“We see the installation of these pieces as an opportunity to share the artists’ vision of our community and airport through the jean statues,” Kevin Baker, airport authority executive director, said in a news release. “It is another opportunity for us to enhance the look and feel of the terminal building through art of regional significance.”

Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane is a reporter for the Greensboro News & Record. Contact her at dawn.kane@greensboro.com or 336-373-5204.

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