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VS_ArtCollectionThe 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


Terminal 2

Facts about the mural in Terminal 2

  • Artist: Paul Coze (1903-1974)
  • Title, date, medium, size: The Phoenix, 1962, mixed medium installation, 16’ x 75’
  • Location: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 2 lobby
  • Historical fact: In 1960, the Phoenix City Council invited artists to submit drawings for the creation of a mural to adorn the new air terminal at Sky Harbor, now known as Terminal 2. Drawings by five finalists were put on display at the Phoenix Public Library so that the public could vote on the mural design they liked best. Paul Coze’s design was selected. Documentation indicates that this was the first time that the public process chose a major work of art commissioned for the City of Phoenix.
  • The mixed medium mural incorporates 52 different materials applied to a canvas backing which was applied to the wall. The variety of materials range from aluminum sheeting to sand gathered from around the state, and include more traditional materials such as oil paint, mosaic tiles and canvas.
  • Brief biography: Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1903, Paul Coze spent his youth in France, emigrated to the US in 1938, served as the French Consul in Phoenix, and taught art classes out of his Phoenix studio for many years; several of his students are artists in their own right. Coze was commissioned to create art for several National Park interpretation centers, murals for many buildings in Phoenix during the mid-twentieth century, and has work in the collections of many museums including the Phoenix Art Museum and the Royal Albert Museum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Coze also wrote and illustrated for several publications including Arizona Highways and National Geographic.

What is the future of the Paul Coze mural?

In 2015, a thorough cleaning of the entire mural was completed.  In 2016, an art conservator performed a feasibility assessment of the mural to determine its installation and ability to be moved when Terminal 2 closes.  The conservator’s findings suggest that the mural is moveable. Airport planners are looking to future Airport development for possible public locations to install the mural.


    Ed Carpenter, glass installation, lobby

    Rental Car Center Self-Guided Art Tour 


    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

    44th Street Station
    Daniel Martin Diaz, terrazzo floor, pedestrian bridge
    Journey Through Nature Fabrication Process [PDF]

    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]

    East Economy Station
    Anne Coe, terrazzo floor, station platform
    Topo Magic Fabrication Process [PDF]

    Terminal 3 Station
    Janelle L. Stanley, terrazzo floor, station platform
    Haak’u / Acoma Connection Fabrication Process [PDF]

    Janelle L. Stanley, terrazzo floor, pedestrian bridge
    Diné / Navajo Connection Fabrication Process [PDF]

    Terminal 4 Station
    Daniel Mayer, terrazzo floor, station platform
    Variable Order Fabrication Process [PDF]

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