By Uebersee, Inc.
The airFIELD is a dynamic sculpture that reflects the heartbeat of the world’s busiest hub,
the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Each flight that lands or takes off from this airport activates the visual behavior of the
sculpture. Planes traveling a short distance create small ripples in the sculpture while planes
traveling a longer distance cause greater activity. To see the actual flight data we invite you
to visit the airFIELD dynamic display on the mezzanine level.
The inspiration for airFIELD comes from the invisible trajectories made by birds and airplanes
landing and taking off. When seen as a time-lapse, these activities create swooping and soaring
lines. These trajectories are interpreted in the two swooping shapes that create the sculpture.
One form represents take off while the other one represents touch down. When seen straight on
from the side, the sculpture is reminiscent of a bird in flight, different viewing angles allow
for a visually complex interplay of transparency, light, and shadow. The airFIELD sculpture is
made from thousands of custom-made liquid crystal discs which change from opaque to transparent
states with an electric charge. Each of the discs is controlled through a custom computer program.
The software constantly monitors a live stream of flight data which triggers generative motion
behavior that follows carefully designed dynamic parameters allowing for an ever evolving visual
experience. Watch video on making of "artFIELD"