I Was Dreaming of Spirit Animals - CODAworx

I Was Dreaming of Spirit Animals

Submitted by Cappy Thompson

Client: Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport

Location: Seattle, WA, United States

Completion date: 2004

Artwork budget: $302,000

Project Team

Art Consultant

Cath Brunner




Industry Resource

Derix Glasstudios


Cappy Thompson

Cappy Thompson Studio, Inc


This commission for the Port of Seattle’s SeaTac International Airport was managed by 4Culture. I proposed a narrative painted glass curtain wall, 33 feet by 90 feet, for the end node of SeaTac’s Concourse A. The client wanted signature work, but hoped for a sense of place in the Pacific Northwest.


When designing a commissioned project, I consider the location and its use and develop a narrative theme that relates to the site. I want people to have a feeling of open-heartedness and well-being upon experiencing the art. I endeavor to create work that enlivens the environment and imbues the space with added meaning.


The commission was awarded based on a maquette of my design and a proposal to work with the fabricator Derix Glasstudios. The work involved extensive collaboration with 4Culture, the South Terminal Expansion Project (STEP) team, and project architects NBBJ. I traveled to Germany to work as lead painter at Derix where the project was completed, crated and shipped. The installation was done by A-Walls, the STEP glazing contractor, with a Derix representative and the artist on site.