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“Triplet” creates a powerful presence in Terminal 2 at Raleigh Durham International Airport, positioned to be seen from long distances on either axis of the ticketing and baggage levels. Revealing increasing complexity as one approaches, it forms an engaging canopy that is experienced freshly from every angle whether moving up or down through the Central Opening. “Triplet” is suspended only from six anchor points integrated into the second floor railing stanchions, leaving viewers with a sense of awe at the apparent weightlessness of the installation. Triangular forms created in space suggest the Research Triangle, and refined, hand-finished materials and fabrications are reminders of North Carolina’s legacy of fine craft. The sculpture’s immense Douglas fir masts are crafted from the same material as the building’s impressive beams overhead. Dichroic glass elements provide rich color and slowly moving light projections when sunlight strikes through clerestory windows. Mast tips and anchors glow with embedded L.E.D. lighting. The floor beneath the sculpture is designed with a complimentary terrazzo pattern emphasizing the points at which art and architecture merge.


Airport terminal

Client: Raleigh Durham International Airport

Raleigh Durham International Airport

Morrisville, North Carolina

Date: December 2010

Dimensions: Masts are 36’, 43’, and 48’ long; 9” diameter at center, tapering to 4”.

Materials: Materials: Tapered hollow laminated wood masts, welded aluminum fittings, laminated glass tip elements, dichroic glass in anodized aluminum extrusions, stainless steel cables and hardware, and LED lighting.

Descriptors: Sculpture, site specific sculpture, gateway 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, ceiling sculpture


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

Tel: 503 224 6729
Fax: 503 241 3142