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Before Rainbow's End
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David Griggs & Scott Parsons

 Integrated Art – Terrazzo

Concourse E - "Before Rainbow's End"
Concourse F - "After Rainbow's End"
Ticketing area floor - Under Construction

Starting In 2012

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Terminal 3 Departures Level


Terminal 3 at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is being modernized and reconfigured to provide passengers and visitors with a more efficient and pleasant experience airport.  A major component of the renovation is the replacement of carpeting with terrazzo.  The site for the Terrazzo Floor Design Project is the Departures Level of Terminal 3, including Concourses E and F. The artist team has created an original terrazzo floor design that visually aids with the organization of traffic circulation and way finding, and that provides for focal/meeting points.  The floor design is reflective of the region, visually pleasing, and creates a sense of place.


 Artist Statement for Concourse E - Before Rainbow's End

What’s it all about:

This artwork is a meditation on distances traveled and the larger human journey. It is inspired by the beauty of South Florida and the writing of John Steinbeck on his 4,000 mile voyage by boat to the Sea of Cortez.

“Each of them in his own tempo and with his own voice discovered and reaffirmed with astonishment the knowledge that all things are one thing and that one thing is all things—plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning planets and an expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time. It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.”- John Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez

To truly see around you, one must be humbled by the beauty in the smallest of things and yet be reminded of one’s place in the universe by contemplating the vast distances and scale of the cosmos. We have chosen to include both the stars and starfish which John Steinbeck wrote about from his journey. Swirling galaxies and starfish appear at the beginning of the concourse. As you walk further along, you will encounter the smallness of diatoms, sand dollars, and abstracted starfish along the way. Numerous mirrored and mother-of-pearl shell pieces in the floor are meant to evoke the reflection of stars on the surface of the water. The end of the concourse concludes with an amazing array of starfish covering a beach. Our hope is that each visitor to the airport will connect his or her own travels to that of a larger sense of humanity’s immense and enchanted journey. We are all travellers and explorers. We locate ourselves in the stories that evoke our comings and goings, affirmed by the imagery which guides us in our discoveries of what might lay ahead and in our returning home.

- David Griggs and Scott Parsons, April 25, 2013

 Floor Plan