Twenty spatial art forms bring color and warmth into the spacious barrel- vaulted interior spanning two terminals in the Central Illinois Regional Airport. Spectral in color, the three dimensional 8' abstract forms reflect land contours, distant shorelines, deep rivers and earthy toned canyons. From the mezzanine, the 80' multilayered cloud panels appear as seen from the windows of a plane with the contoured bird forms scattered between them.
The airport's goal was to fill the barrel- vaulted atrium with color, form and a sense of welcome. The neutral environment provided a counterbalance to the bright colors and playful shapes which move gently on the inherent currents. Careful placement during installation allowed existing signage and views to remain unobstructed. As well, the placement allowed the project to be seen from the highway at night, further creating an element of visual surprise to passersby.
Collaboration began with a phone call and visit to the airport to see the site. Meeting with the project manager clarified goals and hopes for the project, as well as allowed for an opportunity to view other works being created for the space. Designs were submitted and chosen and production began. Coordination between contractors, management and the CIRA Art Committee became essential as work progressed and installation dates were set. The end result met their expectations and enhanced the experience of those traveling through the terminals.
Winner of Outstanding Achievement Award 2002 - Banners & Flags Exhibitions & Arts & Crafts presented by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)
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