Wingspun

Submitted by Ellen Driscoll

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Client: Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC, United States

Completion date: 2008

Artwork budget: $360,000

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Client

Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Overview

Terminal C, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, North Carolina
800’ x 8’ suite of 165 glass windows, fabricated by Westphal in Germany.
165 800’L x 8’H glass windows greets international passengers as they arrive. The larger gestures of the design are based on 19th century experiments recording the motion of bird and insect wings, set in a horizon line of woven textile to celebrate North Carolina’s rich textile tradition. The art is about arrival– from the first settlers sent by Queen Elizabeth, greeted by the indigenous Roanoke, to African diaspora, to Cambodian and Vietnamese immigrants of recent years.