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Air Garden by Ball-nogues studio

Design | July 25, 2014 |

Air GardenImage courtesy of Joshua White

Air Garden by Ball-nogues studio

The Air Garden embodies the qualities of light and space that are unique to Los Angeles. Like the city itself, it does not have a distinct beginning or end, inside or outside, back or front. It is both an object and an atmosphere. Its appearance is not static as it is predicated on changing quality of light in the north light well at any hour of the day.  The Air Garden is a serene moment amidst the hectic action and movement within the airport.  

Air GardenImage courtesy of Ball-nogues studio

LAX is a city among cities that envelops the globe, networked through a system of concourses, gates, terminals and connecting flights; it is an international metropolis of movement. The Air Garden is a pause within this movement; a place for reflection and repose, an opportunity for the traveler to daydream. Within the confines of passport kiosks, security checkpoints, ticket counters, and other forms surveillance and control, it is our aim for this work to engender a sense of freedom.

Air GardenImage courtesy of Ball-nogues studio

Its components are made of gestural volumes of color hovering within an immense array of catenaries. These voluminous brush strokes on a translucent three dimensional canvas dissolve into washes of color then snap back into clear strokes with one’s changing perspective. They might be perceived as episodes forming an inconclusive riddle without a definitive resolution even after the complete cycle of one’s journey. 

Air GardenImage courtesy of Joshua White

Our hope is that the Air Garden procures a mental clearing for the voyager that is a respite from the pressures of travel and produce a felicitous condition for daydreaming. The work is like a cloud inside the light well, which can be clearly described using a term from chemistry: suspension. A suspension is a heterogeneous fluid or gas with solid particles more or less evenly dispersed within in it.



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