Hand-painted, fired-glass tile mosaic (82’ x 16’); TF Green Airport, Providence, RI.
The image reflects the tension inherent in any airport where the science of flight contrasts with the forces of nature, ranging from weather conditions to flows of people. Water is used as a metaphor for fluidity of movement in traversing spaces and functions. The piece serves as a wayfinder for passengers exiting the concourse.
Passengers move from the open terminal area with high ceilings and daylight-filled space down a ramp with vertical flourescents into a narrow hallway with a low ceiling on their way toward the baggage pickup. The image mirrors the movement of passengers: starting at the base of a waterfall, walking alongside the waves, submerging below the surface of the water. The underlying structure for the drawing is the Fibonacci series, a rhythmical mathematical sequence that grows proportionally and is pervasive throughout the natural world.
The wave forms, painted on tiles fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany, are composed of collage elements from found photos and drawings of sea organisms, plants, grain patterns in wood, sand formations, and patterns on the surface of shells, all related flow forms and patterns in the natural world.