Word around town last week was that the late David Joyce’s “Flying People” mural inside the terminal walkway at Eugene Airport is about to be moved — as soon as next week — to Lane Community College.
I emailed Kacey Joyce, David’s widow, for confirmation.
“It is true,” she wrote today. “The airport people have decided to let the art ‘fly.’ I would like to know what the public thinks about this decision, but know that the pieces are owned by the airport — their decision in the end — not mine or anyone else’s.”
Joyce, a photographer and artist who taught for many years at LCC, did the mural in the late 1980s by putting out a call for volunteer models from the community. He photographed his daughter, Anna, who was a child then, and photographed entertainer Garrison Keillor, who was in town for an appearance. His subjects posed “flying” on mattresses or pads for the photography; Joyce then blew the images up and mounted them on panels.
Over the years, some of the photo panels have faded or been damaged; a few — like an umbrella – were stolen. The mural was refurbished a few years ago.
“This project, done do many years ago, has important history in our community,” Kacey Joyce wrote. “I would hate to see it lost forever, and think many people echo my feeling. That was evident by community support when the original pieces came down and were redone. ”
David Joyce died in 2003.