5126462932_b540565078_mNIGHTLIGHTS

NightLights is a 2,100 square foot terrazzo floor inspired by nighttime views from the windows of airplanes. In a field of deep color, clusters of brightly colored epoxy terrazzo and glass are scattered like jewels in a dark cloth. At first glance, the patterns suggest galaxies, star clusters or constellations, but a closer inspection reveals that the patterns are generated by human activity: the big cities, small towns, and thoroughfares of commerce and transportation. At the center of the designs (and the center of the terminal building itself), is a circular medallion depicting the pattern of the runways and taxiways of the MSP International Airport. Intersecting this central motif is a forty-five foot wide ellipse within which are playful illustrations related to faraway places in the directions indicated. Art elements in the pieces were generated using opalescent glass rods, colored epoxy terrazzo, brass, and water-jet cut zinc plate. Overall dimensions of the work are approximately 27’ x 90’ and more than 1,500 individual elements comprise the “lights” in the map-like design. The CAD design for the project was completed by Minneapolis artist Brad Kaspari. It was installed in 2001.
Artists: Andrea Myklebust and Stanton G. Sears
Located pre-security near Checkpoint 2 at Terminal 2-Humphrey

 

T2 MosaicSTARWHEEL

Starwheel reflects the beauty and diversity of the Minnesota landscape and the historical movement of people across these ecotones— beneath the movement of the stars. There are a number of constellations visible in the floor, including the North Star Polaris and the Little Dipper. All the other stars spin around Polaris which serves as a longstanding navigational marker of the night sky.

Minnesota’s tall grass prairie is depicted in thin 16-gauge divider strip on both ends of the design which appear and disappear into the dark sea of blue and yellows as you walk across the floor. The navigational waterways—both rivers and lakes of Minnesota—are evoked through the large abstract depiction of a canoe’s ribs, thwarts and inwales. Numerous silver-coated, mirrored and mother-of-pearl shell pieces in the floor are meant to evoke the reflection of stars on the surface of the water.

To convey a sense of navigation and discovery, the image of an astrolabe which is set to the exact latitude for this section of the airport. The Museum of the History of Science at Oxford describes the astrolabe this way, “With ancient origins and a two thousand year history, the astrolabe illuminates astronomy, time-telling, astrology and religion across cultures, time and place.” There are more than 2,000 functions for the astrolabe, so it becomes the GPS, smartphone and even computer of centuries past. The Roman numerals tell another story of time and time-keeping which is ever present in airport travel itineraries. Other directional and wayfinding markers are layered into the design with reference to the wonder of the petroglyphs inscribed into the Sioux Red Quartzite at Jeffers Petroglyph Park.

As airline passengers and visitors pass through this terminal, I want them to connect their own travels and adventures in Minnesota and beyond to this larger movement of history and discovery. The story of humanity is one of a great journey: in a sense, we are all travelers. 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 lie ahead and in our returning home.
Artist: Scott Parsons
Located pre-security near Checkpoint 1 at Terminal 2-Humphrey

A BOREAL TRIAD

Is located in Terminal 1-Lindbergh and consists of three inlaid stone floors entitled MINNESOTA COMPASS ROSE, THE NORTH STAR, and PLANT, ANIMAL, SEASON. All three designs are aligned to magnetic North and were installed in 1999.

Compas MosaicMINNESOTA COMPASS ROSE

A romantic icon of travel, the compass rose is a map-derived image emphasizing the idea of The North. Its northerly “N” is set within a northern red oak leaf, a plant native to Minnesota. A snowflake at the center of the design celebrates Minnesota’s extravagant winter. The juxtaposition of the curved and jagged edges within the design’s offset concentric circles is a symbolic rendering of fire and ice.
Artists: Andrea Myklebust and Stanton G. Sears
Located post-security in the Airport Mall near Checkpoint 5 at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

 

 

 

 

Bear MosiacTHE NORTH STAR

This mosaic features a constellation map of the Big and Little Dippers and Ursa Major and Minor. In the same way we are taught to find the North Star in the night sky, the two pointer stars of the Big Dipper act as a guide to Polaris, the ornate star at the center of the composition. The design is a reference to Minnesota, “The North Star State,” and depicts native fauna in the bears, the band of cardinals, and sunfish in the outer edge of the circle.
Artists: Andrea Myklebust and Stanton G. Sears
Located post-security in the Airport Mall near Checkpoint 4 at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

 

 

 

 

IMG_1013[2]PLANT, ANIMAL, SEASON

At the center of the design, the snowflake appears again as an echo of the Compass Rose. Quilt-like patterns emerge in the succeeding circles, depicting bands of the leaves of native trees and Minnesota fish species. The outermost pattern is formed of native animal tracks – moose, bear, deer, raccoon, beaver, bobcat, and wolf. Flying over these patterns, as though in aerial view, is a great goose.
Artists: Andrea Myklebust and Stanton G. Sears
Located post-security in the Airport Mall near Checkpoint 3 at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

 

 

Big Woods SummerBIG WOODS SUMMER

This floor design incorporates images of native Minnesota wildflowers in a seasonal progression from spring to winter. A smaller ring in the design is composed of images of evergreen trees, a lake with boats and docks, and a sunburst design which is centered in the rotunda space. It is composed of granite, marble, stainless steel, brass, and is approximately 25 feet in diameter. It was installed in 2001.Artists: Artists: Andrea Myklebust and Stanton G. Sears
Located near gate C13 in the Concourse C Rotunda at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

 

 

 

 

911-plane-mosaicMEMORY PIECE

The terrazzo floor mosaic in the atrium linking MSP Lindbergh Terminal concourses A, B, and C was designed shortly after September 11, 2001, and was influenced by the tragedies of that day. While the native wilderness and spatial themes are consistent with other mosaics at the airport, there are also subtle representations honoring the victims of 9/11: an outline of a plane in a star field, four eagles representing the four commercial planes lost to terrorists, a fiery wheel symbolic of heaven, and black bands around each design as tokens of mourning. The artwork acknowledges the magnitude of September’s tragic events while also celebrating the new facilities and their importance as a conduit for those traveling to and from Minnesota.
Artists: Andrea Myklebust and Stanton G. Sears
Located in the A-B Rotunda at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

 

you are here mosaicYOU ARE HERE

“You are Here,” installed in 2005 in the North Atrium of MSP Lindbergh Terminal, is twenty feet in diameter and made of granite, marble, and aluminum. Imagery in the artwork is drawn from aeronautical charts of the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. The locations and identification codes of airports administered by the Metropolitan Airports Commission are noted, as are a number of navigational beacons. A border of symbols used in aviation weather maps encircles the work, and a smaller circle comprised of snowflake and sun imagery connects the work thematically with other floor mosaics created by the artists in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Artists: Andrea Myklebust and Stanton G. Sears
Located post-security in the Airport Mall near Checkpoint 1 at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

 

Dragonfly MosaicDRAGONFLY

The work spans the width of the LRT platform and responds to airfoil-inspired sculptural elements designed by the architects, which are suspended from the ceiling. The primordial wing below contrasts with the modern wings above. The piece is completed by a band of native Minnesota stone tiles extending across the platform on a diagonal with the wing. Dragonfly is approximately 30 by 45 feet in size, and incorporates epoxy terrazzo, Minnesota stone tiles, and water-jet cut and hand-bent aluminum. It was unveiled with the opening of the LRT in December, 2004.
Artists: Andrea Myklebust and Stanton G. Sears
Located at the Light Rail Transit Station at Terminal 1-Lindbergh