The Stars Come Out at Night- Nashville International Airport

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Client: Nashville International Airport

Location: Nashville, TN, United States

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $253,000

Project Team

Project Support

Erica Behrens

Mayer of Munich

Airport Arts Curator

Mary Grissim

Nashville International Airport

Overview

The legacy of performers reigns over the skyline, and every night the story is refreshed anew. Some join the pantheon of legends; others are merely blips- shooting stars and one-hit wonders. For nearly a century, Nashville has been a destination for those seeking stardom or wanting to see a star.
The yellow end columns are inspired by Elvis’ gold lamé Nudie suit.
The city is also a booming mix of other industries. Elegant, understated, and indestructible, the artwork reflects this emerging cosmopolitan nature and emulates the night sky enjoyed by air travelers from above and below.
(12) 4’ x 8’ Italian glass smalti mosaics with gold accents. On columns 30” in diameter at the entrance to the rental car facility.

Goals

The artwork is the architecture. It provides wayfinding for people bustling out of the terminal seeking the rental car facility.

Process

The project hit several snags and revisions adapting to the ever-changing metamorphosing of this constantly expanding airport. It was abandoned, then put on hold for two years as the site was redesigned, then waited another year for the pandemic.
Once again, Mayer of Munich did a superlative job of translating the paintings into mosaic.