James Carpenter: Sculptural Light Reflectors, 2000
Transbay Artists Album

San Francisco International Airport. White silicone coated fiberglass. Four sculptures each: 180’ x 30’. photo ©Timothy Hursley.

These four sculptures are created from translucent material stretched over a metal frame and inserted within the truss structure of the skylights, 70 feet above the floor. The design was inspired by the construction of the Wright brothers’ first airplane, and also recalls dirigibles, or boats. The sculptures are functional in that they diffuse direct sunlight from the skylights, reflect light up onto the opaque surface of the roof, and project a dappled play of light into the space.