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Artist: Thomas H. Sayre
Title: "Mangrove Islands"
Medium: Integrated Art - Terrazzo
Year Installed: 2005
Venue: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport -Rental Car Center
Artist Thomas H. Sayre designed an integrated terrazzo artwork to cover over 55,800 square feet of the customer service area on levels 2, 3 and 4 of the new Rental Car Center at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. He selected the indigenous mangrove islands as his inspiration and created an unusual view of this otherwise familiar theme by ingeniously slicing three horizontal segments of this Florida habitat. The Level 4 represents the mangrove islands at top view with a copious array of intricate leaves and wildlife; Level 3 depicts the above water view with thick tree trunks, sailboats and turtles, and Level 2 represents the underwater view with shoe crabs, fish, coral and mangrove roots. The three levels flooring design, although unique on their own, are thematically linked. The artist has created a rich pattern of images, textures and colors that all come together as an unifying concept when viewed down from the balcony of Level 4.
"While on many levels, all airports are similar as dictated by the technical realities of passenger flow, baggage handling, security, etc., the memorable airports around the world distinguish themselves as unique places by connecting the buildings to what is unique about their respective regions.
The RAC floor depicts a view of the indigenous mangrove island, which used to be prevalent in South Florida and still exists in the vicinity of the airport. The multi floor design of the RAC Facility offers the opportunity to present the theme in a unique way by slicing the mangrove island into three horizontal sections, thereby presenting the very unusual view of an otherwise familiar and even overly familiar image of South Florida.
The composition of the RAC floors begins on Level Two with a view of the mangrove island cut below the water level just above the sandy bottom. The sandy surface of the bottom is achieved using primarily mother of pearl, as well as light blue glass in the terrazzo field mix. On this level we see the central trunks and a myriad of outrigger roots of the mangrove tree. Red fish, oysters, turtle grass, burma reed grass and horseshoe crabs are depicted via a sectional cut taken through 3-D model of each element.
Cut higher on the trunk at just above water level, on this level we see the larger trunk sections of the mangrove trees, as well as turtle grass and burma reed grass where they change shape from contact with the air. Additionally, we see turtles, manatees, as well as two different wind surfers. The ripples in the water are achieved via the use of aluminum shavings taken from a lathe and laid horizontally prior to grinding in a field of ground blue glass.
Here the view of the section of the mangrove island is cut at the leaf canopy level where we see the complexity of the large, waxy mangrove leaves, which contain different amounts of pieces of threaded rod, which serve to vary the reflectivity of the leaf clusters. Additionally, we can see butterflies, mangrove flowers, as well as flying pelicans."
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