Client: Tucson International Airport
Location: TUCSON, AZ, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $65,000
Summer Kitchen Studios LLC
Fabrication and Installation Manager
Summer Kitchen Studios llc
Modern art homage to Southwest style and botanicals. This screen-like sculpture was designed to provide a vivid river of color to the main level of Tucson International Airport, while maintaining high visibility for travelers. Inspired by local flora and fauna and the iconic MCM style of the airport control tower, the custom designs and colors are deeply symbolic of many aspects of the locale. Hand cast concrete debossed with lizard motifs provide a rustic transition to the planters, which previously held struggling plants.
Artwork was installed in 16 concrete planters spanning the "Front porch" of the airport. Previously containing struggling plants, these sculptures add a perennial pop of color to the area while celebrating local flora and fauna.
Public art is always a collaboration. From consulting the director's team on aesthetics and color choices to working daily with maintenance and security crews to install the piece, we need every person to create a successful outcome.
The incredible collection of ancient Saguaros at the airport have always struck me as the first official "greeters" to Tucson. Creating a modern interpretation of these desert Giants starts a dialogue between the living flora and their colorful representations. Multitudes of creatures hide among the plant forms, beginning a story about the living desert and how it reveals it's mystery to those who look closely.