Travelers from around the world can view the beautiful art in the San Diego airport. Artist Amy Landesberg designed a piece that I found captivating. It’s located in the rental car pick-up. Not only is this a physical gateway, it’s a cultural as well.
Amy Landesberg designed this piece that I love.
Landesberg is an Atlanta-based architect and mixed-media artist whose numerous public artworks include installations at the Atlanta International Airport and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She describes her work as overlapping the boundaries between intimately scaled works, public art and architecture. “Themes explored through the architectural experimentation are transported to the art and vice-versa,” she says on her website.
Landesberg calls her work “Autoplast,” which comprises one element: tail lights. Basically, she sees cars as having a life force of their own, perhaps similar to insects. If you’ve ever watched the pattern of taillights at night on a congested freeway, or on the arrivals ramp of the airport after dark, you might agree those lights resemble a swarm of bugs.
She created her own swarm of 800 rear taillights (from a Hyundai Elantra, and it’s not too much of a stretch to see that their shape resembles insects) and is using computer simulations of swarming behavior to determine the sequence of the flashing and seemingly moving lights. The “swarm dispersion” will cover an area 60 feet wide by 40 feet tall on one of the two huge walls that bookend the large interior space where the rental car counters will be located.
If you spot local art in your city or when you’re traveling, be sure to tag me on IG @BellaOfLouisville and use the hashtag #BellaOfLouisville
Happy wanderlusting and wanderloving.