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Architectural Enhancement Art Program North Terminal Reagan Washington National Airport

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Washington, DC

Public Art

Completed in 1997

Art in Architecture Program: the work of the artists planned as an integral part of the archtiecture…..

As part of the design of the North Terminal at Reagan Washington National Airport, 30 site-specific works of art where commissioned and integrated into the architecture of the new terminal building. From an initial list of over 300 candidates, a range of internationally renowned artists in conjunction with highly regarded regional artists as well as up and coming local artists from the greater Washington DC area where chosen to complete works for the new terminal.

To ensure that the final installations would meet the standards of building codes and the high traffic environment of the new terminal building, most of the artists prepared scaled maquettes of their designs that were then fabricated and installed by skilled craftsmen and artisans. Importantly, the installations were thought of as part of the design of the new building and were integrated into the architecture of the terminal. The works include marble, glass and stone floor medallions, balustrades, glass friezes, wall murals and a number of site specific sculptural works.

Isaac Campbell was one of the primary designers on the Pelli team that worked on the Reagan Washington National Airport North Terminal for seven years, from early schematic deign through completion. He worked closely with Barbara Endres, Cesar Pelli and Fred Clarke, as well as with Dan Feil, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s terminal design project manager.

The Architectural Enhancement Public Art Program distinguishes itself from others by the extent to which it is completely integrated into the architecture, following a belief that art and architecture are allied arts. The program was funded through the construction budget.

Isaac Campbell was responsible for program management, contracts, coordination of selected artists, and implementation of the 30 commissioned site-specific artworks in the North Terminal project. He worked closely with the artists and artisans, overseeing their work, visiting studios, and coordinating fabrication and installation within the terminal architecture. Artwork included mosaic floor medallions, porcelain railing panels, and glass friezes, sculpture and murals.

Artists with whom Isaac worked include Joyce Kozloff, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Joyce Scott, Michele Oka Doner, Frank Stella, Sol Lewitt, Nancy Graves, Valerie Jaudon, Jacob Kainen, Gregory Henry, David Row, Tony Berlant, Sam Gilliam, Bill Jacklin, Lisa Sheer, Edith Kuhnle, Vincent Longo, Robert Reed, Gary Smith, Robert Cottingham, Wayne Edson Bryan, Caio Fonseca, Yoshishige Furukawa, Egon Daley, WC Richardson, Siah Armajani, Robert Vickery, Kent Bloomer, Al Held, and Jennifer Bartlett.

Artisan fabricators with whom Isaac worked closely include Giovanni Travisanutto, Crovatto-Miotto Mosaics with Miotto Mosaics and Mario Pauletto, Doyle Gerlach, Inc. with interstate Tile and Mantle, Boatman and Magnani, Inc., Fireform Porcelain, Architectural Glass Art and Architectural Glass Design. Original photography on website by Isaac Campbell.

additional links
Reagan Washington National Airport Public Art Program Online
Architectural Enhancement Art Program Article
North Terminal Reagan Washington National Airport
Aesthetic Nuance at Tykeson Hall
69|70 Arts District Plan and Artwork
Ceramic Glass Frit Artwork at Carnegie Mellon University
Dichroic Glass at Carnegie Mellon University
About Looking Series
Sculpted Light