airFIELD

Merit Award

airFIELD is a dynamic sculpture synced to real-time flight data reflecting the heartbeat of the world’s busiest air travel hub, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Suspended in the center of the airport’s new international terminal, the 90-foot-long by 30-foot-wide (27.4m x 9.1m) data-driven art piece evokes the wonder of flight with its two intersecting, sweeping forms.

Developed and fabricated by the digital art platform UEBERSEE, airFIELD is composed of thousands of custom-made liquid crystal discs that change from opaque to transparent states with an electric charge. All of the sculpture’s discs are controlled by a custom-engineered computer program. The software constantly monitors a live stream of Atlanta flight traffic data that triggers generative motion behavior rippling through the sculpture. These movements follow coded dynamic parameters, allowing for an ever-evolving visual experience that creates the sensation of flight.

 

 

Jury Comments: 

“A Georgia native, I frequently find myself at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. airFIELD is quiet, complex, and meditative. It is a nice respite for harried, weary travelers.”

“This is an innovative way to activate a space through a dynamic piece of sculpture. The solution and integration of data interpretation to drive the sculpture is both elegant and contextually intriguing.”

Design Firm: 

UEBERSEE, Inc.

Client: 

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Department of Aviation Art Program

Location City: 

Atlanta, GA

Project Area: 

2,700 sq ft

Open Date: 

June 2012

Project Budget: 

$885,000

Photo Credits: 

Jamie Barlow, Dan Goods, Nik Hafermaas

Design Team: 

Jamie Barlow, Dan Goods

Nik Hafermaas (artists)

Daniel Massey (programming)

Gustave Huber (technical direction)

Andrew Kudless/Matsys (Parametric Design)

Alex Smith (iPad hacking)

Consultants: 

Simon Franklyn with Andersen and Associates (engineering); Katherine Marbury, David Vogt (art consultants)

Fabricators: 

Jim Hetherington, UEBERSEE, Inc. (fabrication and installation)

Jamie Barlow, UEBERSEE, Inc. (project management)

Citala US Inc. (liquid crystal discs)

FlightAware Inc. (real time data feeds)

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