AirFIELD

Submitted by Nikolaus Hafermaas

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Client: City of Atlanta

Location: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $900,000

Project Team

Artist

Nikolas Hafermaas

ueberall

Artist

Jamie Barlow

Artist

Dan Goods

Artist

Daniel Massey

Other

Jim Hetherington

Artist

Gustavo Huber

Overview

The AirFIELD is a dynamic sculpture synched to real-time flight data reflecting the heartbeat of the world’s busiest air travel hub, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Suspended in the center of the new International terminal, the 90’ long and 30’ wide (27.4m x 9.1m) data-driven art piece comprised of two intersecting sweeping forms evokes the wonder of flight.

Goals

To crate an experience which reflects actual air traffic of the world busiest airport. AirFIELD consists of 1,500 circular tiles suspended by 3,000 wires, connected to 81 circuit boards all linked back to a single computer server.The sculpture animates arrival and departure events with a system that uses a fluid-dynamics physics engine to generate dynamic visual behavior.

Process

Three artists collaborated to conceive and design this location based art installation. Over all design, data processing engineering and architectural design.