Permanent Installation for the New Arrivals and Departure Plaza
Terminal 2, San Diego International Airport, San Diego, California
Glass, Painted Aluminum, Light Projectors
Roadway ±800’x60’& 2 Facades ±36‘x20’
The artwork for the new arrivals and departure plaza at the San Diego International Airport connects travelers to their location - the San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Two natural phenomena that occur in and around the San Diego Bay are the basis for the artwork: the unique giant kelp beds at Point Loma and the seasonal phenomenon of bioluminescence.
Two distinct, but related art installations envelope the plaza: one visually enlivens the underside of the elevated departure roadway that runs alongside the plaza, the other one is located on two facades of the check-in pavilions facing the plaza.
A pattern of kelp leaves was applied to the façades’ materials: the glass panes received a screen print treatment in two grades of translucency, while we applied cut-out, painted aluminum panels to the lower sections of two facades.
Bioluminescence in the bay occurs due to a small marine-dwelling unicellular organism called Noctilucales. These organisms produce small flashes of light
stimulated by wave movement. This is the inspiration for a light projection onto the facades at night time. The projected light pattern is continuously generated from real time data drawn from a NOAA buoy in the San Diego Bay, representing wave movements and other wave characteristics.
Underside of the elevated departure roadway:
A flowing pattern of kelp plants with schools of fish weaving in and out made from 1/8” painted aluminum panels are installed flat against the ceiling.
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