North Terminal Curbside
“Samsonite" and "Rolling Suitcase”
These two pieces can be found in the median of the Terminal North curb. “Rolling
Suitcase” is an oversized piece of luggage playfully composed of street signs, while
“Samsonite” is made of license plates from each of the 50 states. Having grown up
near a dump, Sewell is a self-proclaimed “junk sculptor.” His work redefines found
objects to create interesting and fun new interpretations. These companion pieces
are no exception. Both were installed in 1999.
“Past and Present in Moving Color”
Located on the façade of the Terminal North parking deck, Delgado’s large-scale
mural celebrates history of travel as well as the traveling experience and all of
the excitement held within — going from an old to a new city, from old friends to
new friends, from the known to the unknown. He wanted to show mystery, movement
and rhythm by forming a vibrant composition filled with people, faces, color, modes
of transportation and old pictures from the City of Atlanta archives. The piece
is created out of ceramic tiles treated with a mix of printing, painting and glazing.
It was installed at the Airport in 1998.
South Terminal Curbside
Patiently waiting, suitcase in hand, on the lower level curb of Terminal South is
an unlikely traveler. Sewell’s oversized “Penguin” is composed of found aluminum
objects meticulously welded and bolted into place. Installed in 1999, he has been
stoically standing alongside his human companions at Hartsfield-Jackson looking
for a ride home, too.
Encompassing the entire front side of the Terminal South parking deck, Patterson’s
“Ancestral Notions” explores totemic figures and ceremonial language from a collective
past. Large animal heads that are pared down to the simplest form majestically overlook
the Airport. Symbols and archetypes are carefully carved into the gridded metal
well. Installed in 1998, it is one of the largest single pieces ever commissioned
for Hartsfield-Jackson. It was crafted out of cast and manipulated bronze.