Artist: Laurie Lundquist
Medium: Steel, Aluminum, Alucobond, Resin Chip Flooring,
Size: Four (4) bridges, each measuring 130’ L x
17’ W x 15’ H.
Year Installed: 2017
Venue: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
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.
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.