​​​​​​​Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Terminal 3

Desert Rain​​

 

 

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ARTIST:   Teresa Villegas​
DATE:   2010
LOCATION:  3400 E Sky HArbor Blvd. Terminal 3 (Please note this project is no lon​ger visible to the public.  It was removed during the T3 renovations. You can see the artists new Terrazzo Floor on the T3 South Concourse Bridge)
TYPE:   Terrazzo Floor
MATERIALS:   Terrazzo   
DISTRICT:   8
ZIP CODE:   ​85034


Arizona artist Teresa Villegas brought new life to the floor of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 3 Baggage Claim. The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program partnered with the Aviation Department in commissioning Villegas to design a unique terrazzo floor as part of the Terminal 3 renovations. 

The artist worked closely with Aviation’s design team, adjusting her design to accommodate expected changes in the layout of the baggage area. Using a trip to Havasu Falls as her inspiration, Villegas also worked closely with local fabricator Advance Terrazzo to create a soothing experience in an ordinarily hectic site. The result is a design that is beautiful, site specific, and durable.

Form, function and long-term cost savings were this project’s priorities. The terminal three baggage claim has thousands of visitors each year, causing extensive wear to the carpet that once covered the area. To keep up with the wear and tear, Aviation replaced the carpet every two to three years. The new terrazzo floor eliminates that need and expense. Known for durability and easy maintenance the terrazzo will last for decades.

The artist, who lives in Phoenix, designed the floor to complement the experience of descending through the canyon walls of the escalator to the baggage claim. She selected colors to echo the desert’s rich Palo Verde greens, periwinkle blue sky, and cooling desert rains.  The warm brown grays of the earth in the desert cactus and flower designs match the existing concrete walls of the airport.  The cast aluminum designs of the flying insects, desert plants, thorns, and seeds reflect the chrome architectural details and baggage carrousels.