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Like luminous wings of a bird, or an exotic flying ship, the sculpture plays beneath the skylight. In daylight it projects the sun’s rays in colored swaths onto the floor and reflects moving images over the ceiling and walls. At night, programmed lighting creates mysterious kinetic light paintings. From different vantage points various compositions reveal themselves, offering new views as travelers move through the airport. Each visit produces fresh discoveries depending on time of day and year.


Houston International Airport

Client: City of Houston Aviation Department in partnership with the Cultural Arts Council of Houston & Harris County.

Airport terminal

Houston, Texas

Date: June 2001

Dimensions: 78' x 40' x 15'

Materials: Laminated dichroic glass, cellular polycarbonate panels, stainless steel hardware and cables, and computerized lighting.

Descriptors: Sculpture, site specific sculpture, interior sculpture, interior sculpture suspended, architectural sculpture, architectural art, public art, commissioned art, glass art, art glass, architectural art glass, laminated glass art, suspended sculpture, suspended glass art sculpture, tension sculpture, cable art, cable tension sculpture, art lighting, illuminated art, illuminated sculpture, night lighting art, skylight sculpture, ceiling sculpture


Ed Carpenter Studio
1812 NW 24th Avenue
Portland, Oregon USA 97210

Tel: 503 224 6729
Fax: 503 241 3142