In Progress: Gigantic Art Glass Installation for The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport
Gordon Huether Studio has been working hard to make headway on the Terminal 1 Glass Art Wall project for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. In August 2016 Gordon Huether Studio has been awarded to create an integrated, large-scale, architectural glass art installation.
The initial conceptual process started with an investigation of the place, the space and the stakeholders of the site: What makes Fort Lauderdale/Broward County unique? What makes Fort Lauderdale/Broward County special? What are the architectural and engineering parameters and needs of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport? Who are the people who will use the space and engage with the public art on a daily basis?
In airports, public art can serve as a canvas or lens through which viewers experience the airport’s region while simultaneously expanding and enhancing their experience of travel. With a vision and to create a glass wall that adds cohesion, functions as a screen and serves as a bold and iconic expression of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Huether created a design that is.
For the Terminal 1 Glass Art Wall Project at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Huether’s conceptual process started with an investigation of the place, the space and the stakeholders of the site. Huether’s design was inspired by the light and colors of the Florida sun and the Atlantic Ocean.
The artist wanted to visualize the light that is made of millions of photons that enter our eyes and are interpreted by the brain as color. Huether reimagined these photons as individual squares of light, broken apart and becoming more distinct as they grow more distant from the center. The sun is expressed as the sum of its many parts – the particles, the pixels of light. To convey this concept for the Terminal 1 Glass Wall, the deep teal blue of the sea at dawn is overlaid with an expanding grid of oranges, reds, yellows and pinks of the sunrise.
The blue glass is being fabricated with hand-applied, air brushed, kiln-fired enamels to evoke the ocean at dawn. The “pixelated” sun will be fabricated with more than 700 8” x 8” squares of dichroic glass. The entire composition of sun and sea visually floats on the field of clear glass created by Terminal 1’s exterior walls. This large-scale and serene installation provides an all encompassing and unifying effect for Terminal 1 and functions as a screening device. The result will be a virtual cathedral of light, color and the appearance of movement within the airport space.
Gordon Huether Studio’s followed specific guidelines during the design process that were imperative to the client, Fort Lauderdale/Broward County. The design for the Terminal 1 Glass Art Wall is colorful, vibrant and welcoming, speaks the region, creates a cohesive interior environment, is functionally integrated, serves as a screening device, it enhances the aesthetic experience of the airport for travelers, it engages motorists and pedestrians on the exterior of the airport, it is visible both day and night and lastly, it is iconic and bold!
Huether’s design tells a story about Fort Lauderdale and Broward County and establishes a strong and beautiful visual presence that engages and connects with the entire community and the travelers who use the airport.