Ed Carpenter has created an extensive dichroic glass latticework just beneath the skylights in the new rental car facility at Sky Harbor Center. Carpenter worked closely with project architects from TranSystems, Inc. to design the building walls and skylights to accommodate and amplify the artwork, an extensive arrangement of reflective dichroic glass on stainless steel cables.
In the Customer Service area, the glass rods form an enormous, curving lattice-work arch beneath a sweeping skylight. Additional configurations above the large escalator cores emphasize the experience of moving through canyon-like spaces.
Collectively, the design features “slender streaks of glass and cable that appear to fly through the space, reflecting light downward, painting the walls and ceilings with slowly moving glints of color and connecting the interior space with the sky itself."
As the sun moves through the sky, a succession of patterns of light and shadow play across the walls and floors. Night lighting hidden in artist-designed recessed wall ledges activates the work after dark.