Celestial Navigation; 2009
SoundTransit, SeaTac Airport Plaza, SeaTac Washington
Stainless Steel and Glass Quadrant Sculpture;
Screen/Sculpture Dimensions: Height 18’ Width 9’ Depth; 5’
Custom Engineered Audio Visual System and Projector;
67 Minute long, non narrative video
Site Integrated Plaza design with Terrazzo and Bronze Paving inlays (City Block)
Celestial Navigation has three themes, navigating towards home, cultures of our region, and flight. By day an abstracted navigational instrument, used by both mariners and pilots, acts as a landmark for the station area. During the evening and early morning commute a 67 minute long non narrative video animates the sculpture and the plaza and acts as a beacon. The idea of a journey is part of all three video segments. The video program begins with aerial cinematography of Puget Sound, intended to evoke the age old relationship of culture to the land and waters of our region, and subtly references “The Epic of the Winds,” a Coast Salish creation story. This segment takes the point of view of the wind. A long second segment looks at nine cultures of the SeaTac area and relates their contemporary cultures to older traditions in a series of poetic montages. The site is on International Boulevard and SeaTac is the port of entry for the vast majority of refugees coming to the Pacific Northwest. Many of them settle in the city of SeaTac. Many local performers participated in the making of the video. A third segment looks at the science of bird flight through experimental video techniques and scientific imaging.