Artist:  Laurie Lundquist
Title:  Skywaves
Medium:  Steel, Aluminum, Alucobond, Resin Chip Flooring, LED Lighting
Size:  Four (4) bridges, each measuring 130’ L x 17’ W x 15’ H.
Year Installed: 2017
Venue:  Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Skywaves is a functionally-integrated artwork designed for the pedestrian bridges connecting Terminals 2, 3 and 4 to the Palm Parking Garage at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.  The artwork’s concept, which involves a roof, ceiling, railing, flooring and lighting treatment, pulls directly on the inspiration of waves, wind, and motion to design a structure that communicates a sense of enjoyment.  The bridges, each measuring approximately 130 feet in length, cross over the airport’s loop roadway, creating a welcoming visual gateway into the airport.
Artist Statement
Skywaves is a pedestrian bridge design concept that celebrates Florida beaches and balmy climate by creating an open-air crossing inspired by gentle waves. Broward County is renowned as a destination for seaside vacations and a port of call for Caribbean cruise ships. The art intervention for the four pedestrian bridges includes the installation of an upbeat, airy canopy design based on alternating sine waves. The curve design reappears in the perforated aluminum railings that create an open feeling as visitors walk across the spans. The walking surfaces of the bridges are embellished with colorful wave and water images that interact with the shadows cast by the railings. The underside of the canopies are clad in a high-performance material, Alucobond, which provides a spectral color surface that changes from green to blue. Colored LED uplights create excitement and visibility at night.
Laurie Lundquist is an environmental artist who has been working in the public realm since the 1990s. She was born in New York State and raised in the Caribbean and the coast of Maine. Lundquist studied Landscape and Nursery Management at Penn State University and operated a landscape business in Maine for several years before receiving her BFA from Maine College of Art. She attended the Skowhegan School of Art in 1985 and received her MFA from Arizona State University in 1990. Ms. Lundquist now lives and works from the Southwest desert and has completed more than 20 major public artworks under the business name of Willco Art and Design, Inc.
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