Client: Artist Ronny Quevedo
Location: Bronx, NY, United States
Completion date: 2022
Artwork budget: $500,000
Project lead-Project Management
Emily Vo Nguyen
David L. Kufferman PE
For a decade, Ronny Quevedo has reconfigured gymnasium flooring to explore sites of convening and sport, which he views as especially important to immigrant communities. For the first time, he has fabricated a wooden gym floor at full scale and from scratch, and it is now mounted on a wall of Delta’s arrivals and departures hall. Its brightly painted lines of play are fragmented and rearranged into a dynamic abstract composition.
“This urban environment we live in is always moving into new directions,” said Quevedo, who grew up in the Bronx and accompanied his father, who had played professional soccer in Ecuador, to the games he refereed every weekend at schools and parks throughout the city. For the artist, the gymnasium flooring is an opportunity “to represent the multiple intersections and communities and different experiences one can get from New York,” he said, “and the role of play in developing one’s own identity.”
Within his reimagined floor diagram on Delta’s wall piece, Quevedo superimposed constellations of stars applied in layers of gold and silver leaf. “It’s a way of pairing that movement of migration with that movement of the cosmos,” he said. “This sense of struggle and resiliency is not just focusing on victimization but re-envisioning.
The primary goal was to make sure the artist's vision was precisely as he envisioned.
The collaborative nature of the project was critical to the team's understanding of the artist's work. SDRD, as lead Project Manager assembled the team to include Project Management, Project Architect, Project Engineer, and Fabricator.
PACHA COSMOPOLITANISM OVERTIME -A commissioned work by Ronny Quevedo Delta Airlines at LaGuardia Airport Terminal C.