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Cypress Trees, 2005

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DESCRIPTION: (20-foot diameter) This circular floor medallion is located along the Departure Level Concourse.

"The cypress trees that I painted were found in East Texas at Caddo Lake. During the autumn, the top of the trees turn reddish in color.

"The cypress tree is an evergreen tree found throughout the world. It has small rounded cones and scale-like leaves. The wood, often fragrant, is used in making pencils, shingles and boats. Unrelated trees called cypress include the bald cypress of the southern United States.

"This tree is large at the base, tapering toward the top. Its wood is used in making railroad ties and posts.

"The egret, a slender-bodied, snowy-white wading bird with long legs and neck, are found in the area of the cypress trees. They also add a distinctive quality of life to the area.

"I believe my art will provide a soothing and relaxing environment for international travelers. As depicted in my paintings, all humans have grace, beauty and culture that are to be shared, treasured and appreciated."

BIOGRAPHY: Born 1941 in Dallas. Beck spent more than 50 years drawing, sketching and painting. He worked in oil, watercolor, pencil and charcoal. Beck opened the first African American-owned and operated art gallery in Dallas. His studio, which opened in 1973, displays a plethora of his paintings, along with art of other local and nationally known artists.

Arthello Beck passed away in November 2004. Sadly, he did not get to see his final work assembled in the terminal floor. Mr. Beck’s work and his artistic talent will be remembered by all who work in and pass through the new terminal.

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