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John RodstromThe floors, walls, even the ceilings of Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) will soon be transformed into works of art for the millions of passengers travelling to and from Broward County each year.   Broward Commissioners approved the expenditure of more than $1.1 million dollars for the projects.

In Terminal 4 at FLL, artist Brad Goldberg used the flow of ocean waves and the iconic curvy walls of Fort Lauderdale beach as the concept behind the terrazzo floor design that will cover 80,600 feet in the concourse area and 558 feet in the corridor that connects to Terminal 3.

An interactive walkway art project design by artist Cameron McNall will use powerful color changing LED lights to illuminate glass walls with moving patterns that animate in response to the movement of people.  Artists Brad Goldberg and Cameron McNall collaborated to ensure that the floor design complemented the interactive walkway art, since both are located in the same terminal.             

Terminal 3 at the airport is also landing a new terrazzo floor, designed by artists David Griggs and Scott Parsons.  As airline passengers encounter the floor, a sense of mystery is enhanced through its scale and abstraction. In one area a school of hammerhead sharks pass silently through a cloud of dark blue waters, provoking a sense of beauty and the unknown. Starfish and stars appear together in reference to John Steinbeck’s writing from the Sea of Cortez.  The design strives to evoke our comings and goings, affirmed by a painted sunset across the vast horizon of space and time. 

Port Everglades will see the transformation of Terminals 2, 19 and 26.  The integrated function of this art is to serve as wayfinders for the record setting number of cruise passengers that visit the Port annually.  The highly visible plain walls of the elevator core in Terminal 26 will now be transformed by artist Carlos Alves into a monumental Fish Tank Wall that all passengers can get immersed in as they go upstairs to the second floor waiting room for embarkation.

In the passenger waiting area of Terminal 19, artist Mark fuller will create schools of suspended fish that visually move in the desired direction of the passenger traffic flow within the terminal. In this way the Fish mobiles assist with direction by providing visual cues to the passenger as to where to go.  The suspended fish also cast colorful shadows on the adjacent walls. 

In Terminal 2, starfish and pelicans will lead passengers in the right direction and provide visual entertainment. Artist Xavier Cortada will design monumental scale starfish to be suspended from aluminum grids attached to the ceiling in the terminal’s main waiting room.  A glass mosaic and ceramic mural depicting a “pelican’s path” will hang above the two staircases leading passengers from the ticketing portion of the terminal to the waiting area.

Functionally integrated art will also be making an appearance on Broward Greenway Trails. Commissioners approved integrated art that will be located along the New River and State Road 84, the C-14 canal and Cypress Creek Road and Flamingo and Hiatus Roads.  The functional public art amenities include: seats with canopies, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, ceramic trail-markers, and decorative ceramic trail-way splitter islands.

These works of art will serve our residents and visitors, enhancing Broward County’s broad array of rich cultural opportunities with a public purpose.

John E. Rodstrom Jr.
Broward County Mayor

 

 

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