"FROM LAND AND FROM AIR - SUN AND MOON" - Thunderbird Airfield Scotsdale Airport, Arizona, USA

in collaboration with Martin Donlin

Client: Scotsdale Airport
Architect: DWL Architects
Photo credits: Martin Donlin

Hand painted antique glass for the window. Digitally printed enamel laminated safety glass on the walls

DESCRIPTION: Designs based on the surrounding Saguaro Desert Landscape are mixed with Native American poetry by Ofelia Zepeda and Natalie Diaz in both Mojave, and Tohono O’odham Languages. The poems talk of the beauty of the landscape and the necessity for precious water, imagery includes the Thunderbird, succulent plants and ancient canal networks built by the Hohokam people.

The images on the walls relate to the Land and the Air, while the adjacent tall narrow stained-glass window “Sun and Moon” continues the theme by moving up into the heavens with a red hot sun and two moons. Richard Shelton’s poem “Desert” talks of the beautiful indigenous plants that survive the hostile desert environment and is etched onto the glass surface.

The client required that the artwork be seen both day and night, Peters came up with a multitude of treatments that married both contemporary and traditional materials on multi layers, flooding the space with coloured light both projected and reflected.

- Martin Donlin, Artist

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