Giving Artists Their Wings

Tax free shopping isn't the only reason to visit the Galleria mall this weekend. A life-sized racing plane, robots and funky styles fashioned out of metal are on display in the middle of the mall. The exhibit is called Red Bull Art of Can and everything is built out of, you guessed it, Red Bull cans.

Local artist Hai Nguyen's creation is called "It Gave Us Wings." He put in 200 hours to make 600 birds which he then mounted onto a wooden beam.

"I consider myself a big nerd and I love all things technical and science," said Nguyen.

The creation of Nguyen's is just one of the reasons to check out an exhibit at the Galleria in Dallas where artists from around the country let their imaginations go wild.

"It can inspire a lot of people, like you can just do anything," said Allison Winkler, who was checking out the exhibit.

"When we started walking up from back there it really did (look real), you can't see the wires or anything and it just really did look like a mass of birds. It's amazing. I love it!" said Nancy Winkler, enjoying the exhibit.

An over-sized metallic ant, silver/blue and red airplane and intricate sculpture of lady liberty are just a few works of art you can get a little up close and personal with.

The entire exhibit gives many unknown artists an opportunity for national exposure. In fact out of about 200 submissions, only 50 works of art are on display. Nguyen's sculpture took third place. The exhibit ends Aug. 22.

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