In December 2018, “Air/Traffic/Control”, was installed in each of the 6 elevator lobbies at the Nashville International Airport’s new Ground Transportation Center and Terminal Parking Garage in Nashville, TN. The BNA project was inspired by the complexity and mechanisms of the traveler’s journey.
Taking inspiration from flight patterns/data, cartography, movement and sound wave forms, Depeña created an original artwork using light and glass to transform the typical column into a dynamic, responsive and interactive experience for the airport traveler. The project utilizes the flow of commuters, and the movement within the elevator lobbies to activate the art. In this case, the LED components produce a visual response and act as a cognitive representation of the movement - circulation. The physical form of the column appears to transform the color and energy of the motion as the viewer walks and interacts with the piece, creating an ever-evolving public art installation. Utilizing the visible, vertical surfaces of the columns in the elevator lobby vestibules the project creates an animated experience of light and color, as the commuters perceive the installation in physical motion.
The lighting activity is also tied to the flight information available throughout the airport’s active timeline. The busier the airport is with incoming and outgoing flights, the more active the lighting in the column becomes.