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BJ Katz

Peace Portal
20 x 44
Glass, Paint

Cast-glass, dichroic glass, metallic paints. 20 H x 44 W. Southwest Terminal D, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, AZ. Cast-glass with fused dichroic elements and fired-in metallic paints. Creating art glass for the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport had the special challenges of being durable and vandal-proof. I used fired-in glass enamel paints put in a glass frit emulsion. 40 million people pass through the Phoenix Airport every year, and the installation goal was to be decorative and to create excitement about entering and leaving the natural Sonoran Desert environment, the mesas of Sedona and the Grand Canyon. This original design shows the big skies and the colorful mountainous landscapes of Arizona. The artwork serves as an entry and departure point for all travelers who come through the Southwest D Concourse. Art Consultant; Lennee Eller, Program Manager, Phoenix Airports Museum Program. Architect; Sandy Kukla, AIA, DWL Architects + Planners, Inc. Glass Fabrication; Meltdown Glass Art & Design