The goal of the Airport Art collection is to acquire contemporary art to enhance the airport environment and create a sense of warmth and community. The collection serves to welcome visitors and be a point of pride for residents. It does so by presenting the cultural diversity of Arizona communities and individuals through a variety of artistic styles, materials and disciplines.
Acquired through the Aviation Department’s Percent for the Art funds or through donations, the Art Collection will consist of:
- Portable works – varied studio work that can be reasonably transported and used in exhibition areas throughout the airport system. Portable work may be curated for specific sub-collections such as: contemporary ceramics; fine art prints; paintings
- Site specific installations
- Architectural enhancements
PHX SKY TRAIN
The PHX Sky Train features six major works of public art. The Public Art projects were commissioned by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Cultural Public Art Program with Aviation percent for art funds. They are part of the Aiport's Art Collection, managed by the Phoenix Airport Museum.
Created to enhance the traveling experience for the train's expected millions of riders, the large-scale works include terrazzo floors at each station, glass murals and a sculptural ceiling installation. To full integrate the art into the train stations, the artists worked closely for five years with the project design and consultation team of architects HOK, engineers Gannett Fleming, and the Hensel Phelps Construction Company. We often think of art being made by one person alone in a studio. The art filling the public spaces of the PHX Sky Train is different. It was made by artists working in teams with hundreds of skilled thinkers, builders and installers.
In April 2013, the PHX SkyTrain terrazzo floors were awarded "Job of the Year" by the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association
Fausto Fernandez, terrazzo floor, station platform
Tailplane Patterns Fabrication Process [PDF]
Artist team: Mario Madayag, Michael Parekowhai, Paul Deeb, ceiling, ground floor atrium
Blue Stratus Fabrication Process [PDF]