​​​​​​​Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Lineage of Wings​​​

 

 

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ARTIST:    Lewis deSoto
DATE:   1992
LOCATION:  PSHIA Terminal 4
TYPE:   Airport
MATERIALS:   Etched Glass
BUDGET:    $250,000
DISTRICT:   8
ZIP CODE:   ​85034​


The designs for the 48 panels of the transfer bridge were derived from original blueprints for 22 seminal aircraft designs. A series of poems, aphorisms, and quotations about the ideas, dreams, and experiences of dreams are also a part of the design. By using a high-energy beam gas laser, the line drawings and narrative has been etched very precisely into the outer surface of the glass. As windows take the incoming daylight, the lines become translucent, a breaking of the visual field that floats between the eye and the exterior spectacle. At night, the contrast between shiny glass and surfacing on the lines allows the viewer to see the drawings as hanging between the reflection of themselves and the terminal’s interior and exterior lights.