Client: Continental Airlines and the City of Cleveland
Location: Cleveland, OH, United States
Completion date: 1999
Artwork budget: $240,000
The City of Cleveland
Rvw Sculpture Arrangement
The site consists of two 60-ft tall atrium spaces bookending an underground walkway at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The color scheme for the walls was also an important part of the commission.
The commission's goal was to create a positive, lively, and engaging experience for travelers using the airport. The committee emphasized that it wanted fresh, unconventional approaches for this commission. My artistic goals were to activate the space, with paper airplanes reminding viewers of their first interaction with flight, with childhood memories helping to dissolve their anxieties of traveling by air.
This commission needed to be completed quickly in advance of the opening ceremony for the new terminal. Using the artist's model, hanging points were welded into the roof structure, and hanging cables were pre-cut to specific lengths. Because of the looming deadline, any delays or glitches would have led to cancellation of the project, but it was completed on time and within the budget.
Installation was extremely challenging due to the roof structure's ironwork being closed up. It became a high-wire operation, with riggers and planes lifted up to the ceiling by cranes outside the building, dropping their cables through ceiling pipes, then clipping hanging cables onto the pre-set hanging points.