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