After landing, travelers can look again at the rivers they have just flown over.
THREE VIEWS OF A RIVER
Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal F Baggage Claim Addition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stainless steel, stone, lenticular photography
Flying into the Philadelphia International Airport gives passengers a great view of the two rivers that surround the city: the wide Delaware and the meandering Schuylkill. This artwork captures the glinting silver ribbon of the waterways seen from the air, a portrait of the water’s surface up close, and a watershed map in stone — providing travelers a sense of their destinations.
The polished stainless steel discs undulate in the air currents of the building, creating a glinting effect reminiscent of the sun catching on the river’s surface as passengers fly over the city.
The map provides a cartographic perspective of all the waterways in Philadelphia, including the historic creeks that now run underground. As travelers pick up their luggage, they get a sense of where they are headed in the watershed.
The maps are engraved with the English and Dutch names for the local waterways and some of the Leni Lenape tribal place names.
Historic creeks, which are now piped underground in sewers, are highlighted in blue--- giving a sense of where streams once flowed freely in Philadelphia.
This map engraves changes over time in the hydrology of Philadelphia.
Travelers can take a moment away from the stress of their journeys to stop and reflect on the passage of the nearby waters.
The multiple views give a full sense of the local water bodies while resonating with the airport’s architecture.
A photo of the artwork in fabrication and installation.
Lenticular ellipse in fabrication.
The stone map in fabrication.