​​​​​​​​PHX Sky Train 44th Street Station Ground Floor Atrium ​
Blue Stratus​​​

 

 

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​​​ARTIST:  Mario Madayag and Michael Parekowhai with Paul Deeb
DATE:  2012
LOCATION:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the 44th Street Sky Train Station ground floor atrium
TYPE:  Ceiling
MATERIALS:  Optical and Painted Aluminum, Steel, LED lights
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UDGET:  $1,572,000
DISTRICT:  8
ZIP CODE:  85034


​Blue Stratus is a sculptural ceiling installation – 150’ long by 40’ wide -- inspired by the vivid blue of the Arizona sky and the ancient history and role of water in shaping the desert. The title refers to a low altitude cloud that forms a continuous horizontal layer. The ceiling was formed by  6,610 uniquely-shaped aluminum reflector panels attached to a sculptural steel framework with a disrupted grid ion the center. The kinetic panels, painted six shades of blue, are designed to move in the breeze. The team programmed the lights above the ceiling to create a slowly changing tableau of rich blue color. 

The artist team of architect Mario Madayag (WA) and artists Michael Parekowhai (NZ) and Paul Deeb (AZ) worked closely with the PHX Sky Train design and construction team of architects HOK, engineers Gannett Fleming, and the Hensel Phelps Construction Company to integrate the design into the station.

Deeb and a small crew hand-crafted the ceiling on site, cutting and attaching the aluminum reflector panels to a steel grid fabricated by CAID Industries in Tucson.

This project was commissioned by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program with Aviation Department Percent-for-Art funds.