The Spirit of Transportation Now Looks Over Southeast Line

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Release Date: Nov. 24, 2014

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"The Spirit of Transportation" Now Soaring Over Southeast METRORail

Visitors to the soon-to-open Southeast (Purple) Line  will see the outstretched arms of Houston artist Jesse Lott's sculpture "The Spirit of Transportation" extended as traffic works its way down Scott and across Elgin. The metal piece was installed recently to serve as a beacon of reflection and point of interest.

Construction workers position Jesse Lott's monumental sculpture, "The Spirit of Transportation" at its new home adjacent to the new Southeast (Purple) METRORail Line on Scott at Elgin. The sculpture is designed to extend a welcome, reaching out to riders with extended arms.  It also represents a pleasant trip with a figure perched on a base of hearts promoting love and unity. The figures, curves, angles and points create movement in the piece.

Workers install Jesse Lott's Spirit of Transportation sculpture

Jesse Lott has exhibited his work at venues throughout Texas, including G Gallery, Art Car Museum, New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music and Art Museum of Southeast Texas. He has presented his work nationally, with exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Alternative Museum in New York City, and Oakland Museum of Art in California. 

Lott works in paper, metal and wood, and each material has given rise to a distinct body of work. His technique of collecting found materials and making art reflects streetwise urban archeology and a sophisticated grasp of folk art. Lott regards himself as an “urban frontier artist.” He has been involved in the genesis and aesthetic orientation of a number of significant community activities, including the Art Car Museum, The Station Museum, The Midtown Art Center and Project Row Houses.