Tim Bavington Installation "Pipe Dream Fanfare (for the common man)" at Symphony Park

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The Artist: English, Tim Bavington was born in England in 1966. He received his BFA from the Art Center (CA) in 1990 before making the permanent move to Las Vegas, where he completed his MFA at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (NV) in 1999.

The Installation: Las Vegas-based artist Tim Bavington is best known for translating music to canvas by assigning sounds to corresponding colors and compositions. Featured at the east end of the 2-acre Symphony Park, and serving as a frame to the outdoor stage in front of the Las Vegas Smith Center for Performing Arts, "Pipe Dream" is one of his largest commissioned art pieces. It is based upon “Fanfare for the Common Man,” 1942 by American composer Aaron Copland. Each pipe represents a single note in Aaron Copeland’s composition. The colors are derived from a sign palette [1-Shot Enamel], 19 colors total. The root note [B-flat] of the song is blue/green. The third [D] is orange. The fifth [f] is magenta. The last pole: The unpainted pole represents a musical rest at the end of the composition. The Lights: The measure of time. Lights at every two feet represent a bar. 40 bars total. Music is the genesis for all of Bavington’s paintings. Through synthetic polymer paint, Bavington acts as a translator between the aural and the visual as he transforms guitar solos, melodies and bass lines into vertical bands of color as found in his painting inside the Smith Center for Performing Arts (bottom right).

Pipe Dream" (Fanfare for the Common Man - Enamel paint on steel,
stainless steel, (128 pipes) / 27'- 5" x 86' - 8" x 17'- 1"   
                        "Fanfare (for the Common Man)", 2012
                    A synthetic polymer on canvas 60 x 96 inches