Slide show: PHX Sky Train station art unveiled to city in public art tour


Photos by Alexis Macklin

In addition to the opening of the PHX Sky Train at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Monday, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program hosted an art tour of the public art projects that were added to beautify the train stations.

Daniel Martin Diaz, Fausto Fernandez, Anne Coe, Daniel Mayer and a group comprised of Mario Madayag, Michael Parekowai and Paul Deeb created the six works of art.

The artists worked for five years on the project with the Hensel Phelps Construction Company and HOK.

Artist team Madayag, Parekowhai and Deeb created the ceiling installation, named “Blue Stratus,” on the 44th Street Station ground floor atrium.

“Blue Stratus” was inspired by the Arizona sky and the history of water in the desert, Madayag said.

Diaz’s floor design is in the 44th Street Station Bridge linking the Metro Light Rail to the airport. The project is titled “Journey Through Nature.” The flooring depicts colorful flowers and vines, made with abalone shell, native stones and recycled glass.

The 44th Street Station platform displays Fernadez’s project, entitled “Tailplane Patterns.” The floor, made from mirror and recycled and crushed glass, shows a geometric pattern of an outline of tailplanes.

Anne Coe designed the abstract flooring in the East Economy Station platform. Coe said “Topo Magic” was inspired by the topographic maps that she uses on her hikes through the Arizona desert.

Mayer created two projects for the train stations. “Variable Order,” the flooring in Terminal 4 Station platform, has a blue background with letters scattered throughout. The phrases “timeless is the open” and “limitless is the open” spread across the span of the platform.

Mayer’s mural, “Trace Elements,” located on the Terminal 4 Station pedestrian bridges, showcased different leaves. The leaves on each yellow glass blocking are real leaves pressed onto aluminum foil. The blue border is made of hand-drawn leaves.

The mural is in split thirds to guarantee no repeating patterns, Mayer said. All but one of the types of leaves on the mural are native to Arizona.

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