At SeaTac Airport, my site was a light-filled solarium knuckle bend in an airport concourse. We clad the site floor with hot-rolled steel and constructed a set of steel stepping platforms in one corner. I created nine patterns that were used to cast a set of heavy cast iron and steel forms, clunkers, and then used the same patterns to create a set of translucent white clouds. The steel floor and steps helped to further define the contrast between the light and translucent clouds hanging overhead under the solarium glass ceiling and the weight and inertia of the cast iron and steel clunkers sitting on the steel floor below.
The steps serve both as a pedestal and as seating. We can sit among the iron forms out of the traffic of the concourse and regard the opposite light filled milk glass translucency of the clouds above us. I am very curious about how the two sets of forms generated from the same patterns can have very different material and associative qualities and differently occupy the two very distinct zones of the wedge space, the heavy floor under foot and the transparent glass ceiling and walls above.
Commissioned by the Port of Seattle for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Collection.