A Tale of Survival
A Collaboration by
Debi Grupe and Linda Maxson
In the winter of 2019, the art installation, “A Tale of Survival in the Face of Crushing Inertia” by Debi Grupe and Linda Maxson, was opened to the public at Maxson Art gallery in Palm Springs. The 8-foot by 8-foot column of floating balls, rising from floor to ceiling in the gallery piqued the interest of Palm Springs Public Arts Commissioner, Russell Pritchard. Pritchard launched a quest to find a suitable public space for a second installation, inspired by “Crushing Inertia,” ultimately choosing the Palm Springs International Airport as the intended site.
Debi and Linda — along with Greg Maxson, providing design and engineering expertise — created a new design, inspired by the original but recognizing important considerations in the new chosen location, the airport’s Regional Terminal. These considerations included: being out of reach and secure, minimizing impact on traffic flow and good visibility throughout the terminal.
And so, "A Tale of Survival" was born, consisting of four clusters of colorful, floating balls, “uplifted” to symbolically celebrate the strong, courageous and determined individuals who inspire us to persevere and flourish. Passengers, whether arriving or leaving, will see changes in “A Tale of Survival” throughout the day as lighting and airflow create an ever-changing show of color, movement and shadow.
Thanks to all who made the transportation and installation of the pieces a success:
Daniel and Noi Ryan, Daniel Ryan Photography
The Palm Springs Public Arts Commisison
The Palm Springs International Airport Operations Team
“A Tale of Survival” is a temporary art installation funded by the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission. Installation in place October 2019 through April 2020
“A Tale of Survival” at Palm Springs International Airport