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Call Ernie

Location: main entrance of William P. Hobby Airport

Call Ernie by Houstonian artist, Jim Love (1927-2005) is a steel sculpture of a single-engine prop plane with an oil-well pump jack as the nose.

It is a dark blue in color and is 10 feet by 29 feet by 19 feet. The sculpture was donated to the City of Houston by Southwest Airlines in 1985.

About the Artist

Jim Love was born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1927, and graduated from Baylor University in 1952, where he received a Bachelor in Business Administration in business administration. Soon after graduation, he moved to Houston. His contemporary art was nationally recognized in 1961 when it was included in The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition The Art of Assemblage.

Call Ernie by Jim Love
Jim Love was the creator of several highly visible public sculptures in Houston, including Call Ernie, Portable Trojan Bear in Hermann Park and the welded screen Area Code in the lobby of the Alley Theatre. His work is also included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Dallas Museum of art, the Menil Collection in Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

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