As part of the McKinney Arts Commission’s public art program, the Unity Arch sculpture by Ai Qui Hopen was installed in Dr. Glenn Mitchell Park adjacent to Historic Downtown McKinney. The installation was made possible by funding from the McKinney Arts Commission and the City of McKinney with matching support from downtown developer & business owner, Don Day & his children.
The McKinney Arts Commission issued a national call for sculpture entries and three semi-finalists were identified. After taking public input on the three entries, Unity Arch was selected as the finalist.
This work may be interpreted as an ode to nature, but it is also symbolic of human freedom, aspiration and unity. In this work, the form rises up from roots connected to earth, with plant life (tree) and animal life (doves) entwined, spiraling up toward the light and air. We see two columns of birds spiraling upward, symbolizing a DNA helix, then join at the top in unity.