Cowboys’ Sky Mirror reflects another side of AT&T Stadium

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When a generous family brings a world-renowned outdoor sculpture to town, the first response should be, “Thank you.”

So: Thank you, Gene and Jerry Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson, for gracing Arlington’s streetscape with a work as striking as London sculptor Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror.

We all might fuss and cuss over the Cowboys. But our complaints should not carry over to the winning gifts the Joneses bring to Arlington every day, including the 56 artworks by 40 artists in the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection.

The AT&T Stadium and grounds have become a giant contemporary art park, offering twice-weekly tours for the same visitors seeing local museums.

The Joneses’ $10 million purchase of Sky Mirror made headlines in New York, London and Australia because the three-story-tall stainless-steel sculpture has graced locations from Rockefeller Center to London’s Kensington Gardens since Kapoor created it in 2006.

The way Gene Jones tells the story, she had been looking for the right artwork for the stadium plaza ever since it opened, and she had seen Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (nicknamed the “Bean”) in Chicago.

Sky Mirror doesn’t have the walk-through, interactive appeal of the Bean, but it has plenty of sidewalk appeal.

Visitors are already posting photos on social media of the sculpture and its panoramic view of a Texas sky, clouds and stars even bigger than AT&T Stadium.

Gene Jones told Star-Telegram art writer Gaile Robinson that acquiring Sky Mirror is a dream come true.

“I hoped one day we would have something of his,” she said of Kapoor, “and here we are.”

The entire collection includes 16 commissioned artworks and a total of 56 pieces throughout the stadium.

The stadium offers three guided art tours ($22) Tuesdays and Thursdays; self-guided audio tours ($14) Mondays and Wednesdays.

For a preview, see the free Cowboys Collection iPhone app at itunes.apple.com. It’s a gift, too.

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