Terminal 1 Art
As part of the Terminal 1 Modernization Project, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority placed three permanent art installations in the terminal. Joining them will be a smaller work incorporated into the building’s dedication plaque. These pieces are a part of the airport’s art program.
Ripples, Catherine Widgery
This piece is located on a glass wall that separates the security checkpoint from the concourse, visible to everyone who proceeds through the security checkpoint as well as those walking down the concourse.
Ripples comprises laser-etched glass that makes the artwork seem to move as the viewer walks by on the concourse side. It is an image of blue water, reflecting the sky, that includes ripple patterns of water and the reflections of trees.
Metamorphosis, Martin Donlin
Metamorphosis is located on a two-story wall that frames the escalator and staircase between the ticketing and security checkpoint levels. A portion of the wall covers a walkway between the elevators and checkpoint area, with a small portion of art visible to individuals using that corridor.
This piece includes bold imagery and colors combined with intricate details that include nature scenes, a map of the world and an abstract of a North Carolina area road map. The work provides an immediate impact, but also includes intricate details to be discovered by repeat travelers.
Highwire Travelers, Gordon Huether
Highwire Travelers is suspended above the Terminal 1 bag claim lobby. The sculpture takes a whimsical approach to mimicking common airport scenes.
The sculpture is comprised of seven abstract figures. A few are on tightropes high above the terminal floor balancing luggage on long poles. Others are sitting on beams lower to the floor, incorporating the building’s architecture into the piece.
Tribute to Man's First Flight
When the north end of what is now Terminal 1 opened in 1955, the Airport Authority commissioned a local Italian terrazzo contractor to create a commemorative mosaic. The piece, placed in the floor, honors the early days of flight. For about 58 years, the installation has greeted arriving passengers.
With the opening of Terminal 1, the north end of the building will be demolished with the next two years. Therefore the Airport Authority decided to incorporate the mosaic into the building’s official dedication plaque.