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The Aviators

 

 

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Photo: Matt Winquist


​​​ARTIST:  Donald Lipski
DATE:  2019
LOCATION: PHX, Terminal 3 East Atrium
TYPE:  Sculpture
MATERIALS:  Steel, Chromed Fiberglass, Wood, Mural on Canvas
BUDGET:  $875,490
DISTRICT:  8
ZIP CODE:  85034
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: John Grant, Public Art Services 
MURAL: Chris and Will Kreig
ENGINEERING & FABRICATION: Nick Guerts, Yetiweurks Art+Engineering
GRAPHIC SERVICES: Michael Mowry
PICTURE FRAME: Jeffrey Bludeau
SITE PREPARATION: Hunt-Austin Joint Venture
INSTALLATION: Public Art Services & Yetiweurks Art+Engineering


​​Welcoming travelers to the airport's John S. McCain III Terminal 3, The Aviators celebrates Arizona's rich history of civil and military aviation. The stainless steel shades weigh 2,000 pounds, have fully functioning hinges, and nose pads to fit a giant. The Magritte-like sky was hand painted with oil on canvas. The enormous mirrored lenses provide a unique perspective on the large arrivals atrium – the perfect place for families, friends and travelers alike to grab an airport selfie.​