UNTITLED, painted steel pipe, each is 40” x 96” x 16”

The pipelines that carry natural gas from source to customer are mostly hidden underground, with the network only occasionally made visible with aboveground meters, markers and valves. I find these structures interesting, not only for their infinite variety of actual form, but also because they suggest more than meets the eye, providing evidence of something vital beneath the surface.

My concept for the site is to create a visually interesting sequence of repetitive forms that not only reference minimalist landscape sculpture, but also remind employees and visitors of the essential purpose of Texas Gas Transmission, LLC.

A line of what appear to be aboveground shut-off valve installations will traverse the property at equally spaced intervals, suggesting an implied underground pipeline passing through the company’s grounds. The number of structures will be dependent upon the size of the property and their location upon it, but one possibility would be the presence of nine such forms, representing each of the states served by Texas Gas Transmission.

John Salvest Jonesboro, AR

Professional Vita

Professional artist
Professor of art, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro

Selected Public Installations

Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Georgia, 2004
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Memphis, Tennessee, 2003
American State Bank, Jonesboro, Arkansas, 2002
Memphis/Shelby County Public Library, Tennessee, 2001

Selected Collections

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Bristol-Meyers Squibb Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey
Depauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey


MFA, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1983
MA, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1979
BA, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1977

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10/14/2005 Design by Jason Hayden and Gary A. Adams

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