ARLINGTON The last thing Jerry Jones needed was a bigger mirror.
But not only have he and his wife, Gene, bought a mirror, they bought one of the world’s largest and most loved — Sky Mirror,a striking $10 million polished-steel sculpture famous from New York City, London, Sydney and now, AT&T Stadium.
With granite pedestal, it’s as tall as a three-story house. If laid flat, it would be wider than a first down.
Shining on the east plaza, it’s a silver invitation to the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection of contemporary art in the concourse galleries.
“It’s breathtaking,” said Gene Jones, justifiably proud of the bauble.
“It looks like it was planned for the stadium. It’s just right.”
Creator Anish Kapoor of London has ideas as big as Gene and Jerry Jones’.
Kapoor is known for big, abstract outdoor pieces like Cloud Gate (The Bean) in Chicago. Lately, he designed a huge, inflatable performance hall to host concerts in Japan.
Sky Mirror debuted in 2006 in Rockefeller Center on New York’s Fifth Avenue and developed a webcam following.
In 2010, it was given an honored place in London’s Kensington Gardens previously reserved for a Henry Moore work.
The Joneses moved it from the modern art museum in Sydney, Australia.
“We thought long and hard about whether to put art outside the stadium, because the stadium itself is so imposing,” said Michael Auping, curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and a member of the Cowboys collection’s advisory council.
“Kapoor came to mind as an artist who can tackle very big spaces. He handled it with elegance.”
The setting is an infinity pool on the east plaza, reflecting the Texas sky and clouds overhead along with jets in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport landing pattern.
“It brings the entire universe together,” Gene Jones said.
“Whether you’re looking at the clouds, the sky, birds or a plane, it’s a constantly changing reminder of the world around.”
A camera nearby will capture video to show during games, she said.
I saw Sky Mirror wedged into Manhattan. I can imagine how Texas thunderstorms will look in wide-angle panorama.
(And don’t worry. Cloud Gate weathers storms with no problems.)
Kapoor’s work joins the growing outdoor art collection in Arlington, including works at the University of Texas at Arlington and a planned sculpture trail in the Richard Greene Linear Park.
Award-winning sculptor Darryl Lauster, an assistant professor of art and sculpture at UT Arlington, wrote by email that Sky Mirror puts the Cowboys Art Collection “in a completely different league.”
“He’s now playing on the turf of the Nasher [Sculpture Center in Dallas] and the Modern,” Lauster wrote, adding that the addition makes Arlington a “cultural destination point for public art.”
Auping said visitors will stop at the stadium on their way to see the Modern and the Kimbell.
He praised the Joneses.
“If you think about it, most stadiums just put up Heisman Trophy statues to celebrate football,” he said.
“What they’ve done here is much more bold. They’ve brought contemporary, cutting-edge art to a stadium.”
It’s more than a game.