Philadelphia International Airport
Between Terminal C & D, March - August 2017

The Wildlife work is inspired by nature’s ingenious design constantly perfecting for each unique environment. The convex ceramic plays on the idea of a shield defined as a person, place or thing providing protection from harm. The shield also heralds honor, lineage and familia like the countless families of species with which we share this planet.

La Mer, a tributary of the Wildlife work, explores life of the ocean from the bioluminescent creatures of the abyss to the exquisite and mighty microscopic beauties in the sunlit zone. Marine single-cells photosynthesize more than half of earth’s oxygen sustaining all life as the base of our food chain and ecosystem. They form fantastic colonies to empower their oxygen and nutrient prowess and create reciprocal support. The intricate ceramic marine forms in white shine light on the wonder as well as the delicate, diverse and mostly unseen, little known life of the sea with which our lives are intrinsically linked.

The single-cells in the left case scintillate into a series of stellate colonies like stars in the heavens to shine light for a safe and magical flight.

Curated by Leah Douglas
Director and Chief Curator of Exhibitions at Philadelphia International Airport