Dozens of colourful and reflective balloon-shaped steel sculptures are distributed throughout LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B, as if released into the air and allowed to float to the ceiling in defiance of gravity. Dispersed around every corner like a fairy-tale breadcrumb trail, the brilliantly playful balloons invite viewers to look skyward and embrace their sense of wonder.
At floor level, three witty and whimsical bench sculptures reinvent a familiar form of public seating, turning a functional object into a lyrical and evocative work of art. The bright red benches curve, loop, and twist to form an irresistible invitation to spontaneous expression and social connection. Providing for a moment of respite to countless travellers, the benches offer new perspectives on ourselves, each other, and the spaces we have in common.
The two forms of social sculpture installed at Terminal B were conceived with a sincere intent: to spark joy, alter perceptions, open the viewer to new experiences, and create the conditions that foster moments of empathy and fellowship amidst the hustle of a busy transit hub.
Materials: PVD coated stainless steel (balloons); powder-coated aluminium (benches)
Dimensions: 70 Mirror Balloons, each 43 x 28 x 28 cm (10 red, 10 pink, 10 dark blue, 10 light blue, 10 green, 10 gold, 10 silver); 3 Modified Social Benches: 1) 74 x 245 x 57 cm; 2) 167 x 539 x 162 cm; 3) 84 x 168 x 40 cm
Commissioned by LaGuardia Gateway Partners in partnership with Public Art Fund for LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B
Photos by Nicholas Knight